Let’s not forget the Wardrobe Department. As Maureen says, “the costumes maketh the play…”
The emphasis here is on the word ‘Team’. Our amateur theatre production teams on the Island, are indeed Premier Division. Olly Fy introduces us to an all-star team, where the motto of ‘One for all, and all for one” really does apply.
The mesmerising performance of Holly Squires as Ruth, taking us from her struggles as a single mother through her own personal hell of alcoholism, abortions, miscarriages and domestic abuse that finally drove her to the murder she was convicted of.
The real power of the play though, highlighted by the talent and skill of the direction and acting, centres on the isolation and repression of the three sisters, which finds its outlet in the characters of their imagination; Bertha and Cathy (from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights respectively) are superbly portrayed by Maria Wilkinson, and represent the inner passions of their characters’ creators perfectly, in words and, so often, in silent action.
Beautifully written; Shaffer’s world and sharp wit align smoothly to find life breathed into his words by a stellar cast recreating a farcical yet thought provoking, almost forgotten, time.
Maria Wilkinson, as Wendy, almost steals the show with her perfect portrayal of sheer down at heel ordinariness against the other eccentric characters, and a highlight of the play is her nervously singing nursery rhymes while Norris investigates apparent noises in the house.
This black comedy, based on an Oscar Wilde short story, with all of Wilde’s characteristic wit, will keep you guessing and laughing right to the end.
The tone of the play shifted from laugh out loud comedy to subtle reflection and thought-provoking drama as the storyline progressed, but it never lost its pace nor its ability to find humour in the darkest of situations.
From the moment the curtain rose on The Apollo Players’ latest play, ‘The Apple Cart’, we knew we were dealing with important issues. Two palace officials, waiting for the king to make his appearance, discuss the serious matter of love letters received by the monarch. These two secretaries-cum-waiters, played by Robbie Gwinnett and Corey Gibbs,…
“The play is billed as a ‘side-splitting comedy’ and the audience which packed the Apollo on Saturday evening would not disagree with that – there was continual giggling punctuated with bursts of loud hilarity and at a couple of points, spontaneous applause during the performance.”