It all came to­gether in the end

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD - A Day Af­ter the Fair, Ten­ter­den Op­er­atic & Dra­matic So­ci­ety

IT is of­ten said that the course of true love rarely runs smoothly.

It could equally be said of an am-dram pro­duc­tion – cer­tainly where Ten­ter­den Op­er­atic & Dra­matic So­ci­ety (TODS) is con­cerned.

There were med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, a grand-daugh­ter’s birth, spe­cial birth­days, diary clashes and the usual dearth of helpers to move stuff and build the set.

How­ever, it all came to­gether in the end.

The set was just the job thanks to Ray­mond Craw­ford, Bob Per­ci­val, John Sewell, Michael Pa­trick, Ju­lia Jes­sett, Iris Scan­drett and Eileen McClel­land.

The play it­self had all the qual­i­ties that the pro­duc­ers had been look­ing for – a strong story with well-drawn char­ac­ters and enough in­ter­est to hold the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion.

Fiona Murch (Edith), who had a moun­tain of lines to learn and a gamut of emo­tions to por­tray, gave a wholly as­sured, ma­ture and be­liev­able per­for­mance.

Also giv­ing a for­mi­da­ble per- for­mance was So­phie West as Anna.

The men­tal pic­ture one has of a suc­cess­ful Vic­to­rian busi­ness­man was re­alised well by Ian Kle­men as Arthur, Edith’s mis­un­der­stand­ing and mis­un­der­stood hus­band.

An­gela Pa­trick as Arthur’s ador­ing sis­ter Letty held the house­hold to­gether, at­tempt­ing to un­der­stand and smooth the way for both Edith and Arthur.

An­gela played the role beau­ti­fully, keep­ing a bal­ance through­out the play.

The young bar­ris­ter, Charles, was played con­vinc­ingly by Rhys Ben­nett.

As a first time ac­tor with TODS, Ge­or­gia Gethin as Sarah made an ex­cel­lent maid.

A great help with cos­tumes came from new mem­ber Milli- cent Thor­n­ey­croft and dressers Sally Kle­men and Gil­lian Davis.

The stage team of Iris Scan­drett, Ju­lia Jes­sett and Olive Neal en­sured that the per­for­mances ran smoothly.

John Sewell once again set up and op­er­ated the light­ing and sound in his usual un­flap­pable way. Jackie Whiles and her many helpers ran the front of house.

Brian Fagg, co-pro­ducer

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