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2007 - Summer Show....



“Nudists in Winter”

 Blakeney Players – Blakeney Village Hall

 Those in the audience who were expecting to see the cast appear in various stages of undress were either disappointed or, more probably, mightily relieved that this wasn’t the case but rather just the title of the latest highly enjoyable offering from the imaginative pen of Michael and Sue Andrews and performed by this multi-talented band of amateur performers.

The musical  play is set in Blakeney some thirty years ago where Rosemary Trent, played by Barbara Franklin, is a popular novelist who struggles to support not only her two teenage children, Lucifer (Iain Mawson) and Vesta (Jane Temple) who have left school but who won’t work and won’t leave home, but also an awkward old army buffer of a lodger, Gilbert Smith (Dave Long).

 The teenagers do stretch the audience’s imaginations at times especially at the start when the show opens with one of the childrens’ friends, Nigel, wonderfully played by Steve Benson complete with Elvis style wig and sideburns, leading an entertaining rendition of “All Shook Up” but some splendid over the top costumes ensure that nobody is going to take things too seriously.

 Rosemary’s friends are anxious to find romance not only for her but also themselves and when Gloria (Marjorie Davies) opens a dating agency in the village called Cupid’s Revenge they, and especially the man-eating Arabella (Gail Woodhouse), are eager to join. Not disheartened by a lack of suitable men they swoon over the incoming lothario Sylvester (Peter Franklin), complete with open necked shirt and medallion not realising why he is in the village.

 The other men in the village are an odd bunch. There is Rosemary’s suave literary agent, Byron Windsor (Richard Newton),  ex con Sid Armstrong (John Ratcliffe) who has moved to Blakeney after two years in Devon!, former SAS man Jimmy Lloyd (Pete Thompson) who spills the beans about Gilbert and Terry (Martyn Scott) who is trying to set up a jet ski hire business but who has an interesting past. 

With Marjorie Davies and Jane Temple in charge of choreography there are, as usual, some excellent song and dance numbers, not least of which is “A Sky Blue Shirt and Rainbow Tie” which ends the first act while Franklin and Davies show their talents with the duet “It Had to be You” and Benson rolls back the years still further with his interpretation of “Blue Suede Shoes”

 At the end of the show there are no prizes for guessing the title of Rosemary’s latest novel and all will be revealed for the second time tonight at 8 p.m. and again on the next two Thursdays and Saturday August 4th.

 Martin Braybrook