Players triumph in ambitious production
Charing Guild of Players You Should See Us Now THE statistics of the Players’ latest production are impressive. Twenty scenes in four locations (without a change of scenery!), more than two hours of intense dialogue and a plot which demands high levels of imagination from those watching. A carefully-crafted set designed by Bert Banham and Ann Blandford took us from the drawing room to the garden, up to the bedroom and down to the lounge with hardly a prop being moved. The characters thread their way through a humdrum domestic routine, each scarred with emotional baggage from their formative years. The action hovers around an impending children’s party. The cast of six obviously relish the scenes where they portray their characters as children. Michelle O’Hara as the bullying wife – but painfully shy child – was magnificent. She never fluffed a line and her performance oozed energy and realism. Graham Spittle’s selfproclaimed “bumbling inconsequential nitwit” of a husband demanded much from the veteran of four Hollingbourne pantos. He dithered as an adult, cloyed pathetically as a child, and emerged triumphant and worthy of forgiveness for several calls on the services of the prompter. Mark Woods did his homework on his mountain of dialogue and hardly faltered as Ernest’s best friend. Viv Barrett and Cherie HamletSmith were both equal to their contrasting adult and child characters. And Carolyn Banham’s masterful performance as lost love Katy offered the audience a peep at the talent that also enabled her to direct this ambitious production.
Viv Barrett, Mark Woods, Michelle O’Hara, Cherie HamletSmith and Graham Spittle in You Should See Us Now