Studley was resounding to the sound of laughter last night as the talented cast of Wythall Theatre Company presented Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter's stage play of The Vicar of Dibley, based on the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.
The beloved characters of Geraldine Grainger (Anne Cherry), David Horton (Ed Parrott), Alice Tinker (Denise Williams), Hugo Horton (Tony Lacey), Owen Newitt (Jason Trombley), Jim Trott (Steve Rossiter), Frank Pickle (Adam Lee) and Mrs Cropley (Estelle Shutkever) all sprang magnificently into life in front of our eyes, realistically and enthusiastically recreated by this small, but incredibly accomplished cast.
The play was beautifully crafted primarily from the first two series of the shows which were aired between 1994 and 1998 and included some hilarious scenes such as Alice and Hugo sharing their first kiss, Owen proposing to Geraldine in a less than romantic manner and Mrs Cropley nearly poisoning the members of the Parish Council by preparing pancakes with a hint of liver! The whole audience was in fits of laughter from start to finish and the comic timing of all the characters was first class. There were some poignant moments too, particularly in the scene where Hugo defies his father David when threatened with nothing and exclusion from his Will; the line 'On the contrary, sir, I shall everything in the world I desire' in response to this was delivered exquisitely by Tony Lacey.
Special mention must go to Jason Trombley who not only put in a stellar performance as the gauche Owen Newitt, but was also responsible for designing and building the wonderful set.
If you want a belly full of laughs, get yourselves along tonight for the last performance. Playing at Studley Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets £10 fin out more about Wythall Theatre Company here.
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