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2008 - Summer
Blakeney Players, Blakeney Village Hall
Written by the late Mike Curtis and co-directed by his widow, Pooh and Sue Andrews, “Take Five” is this year’s summer production by the Blakeney Players.
For those of a certain age, and that was the majority of last Thursday’s capacity audience, the play brought back memories of gob stoppers and lashings of ginger beer as Anne (Sam Duncan), Julian (Matt Cole) and Dick (Martyn Scott)travelled by train from London to Blakeney to stay with George (Barbara Franklin) and Timmy the dog (Hannah Welch) before setting out for an adventure on Blakeney Point.
The play had all the ingredients which have come to be expected from the players. There were the usual villains with both Dave Long and Marjorie Davies giving splendid over the top performances as two Germans; two dream sequences gave excuses for some hugely entertaining musical numbers – the highlight of which was Steve Benson’s seemingly annual appearance as one of four Elvis Presleys ; some big song and dance numbers involving the whole cast were professionally choreographed by Marjorie Davies and Jane Temple and not least of all there were some stunning sets which received their own deserved applause.
Peter Franklin gave a typical performance as the suave local boatman and he and a flirtatious Jane Temple used all their charms to rescue our heroic five from the evil clutches of the Germans before the Stratton Long Marines arrived on the scene to save the day.
This was another entertaining evening, thoroughly enjoyed by the cast and the audience who responded well to the local theme and were not at all bothered that one or two lines were forgotten or cues missed.