Any drama group starts with a distinct advantage when they choose to put on an Oscar Wilde play. The wit of the dialogue is a treat in its own right.
And Bourne End's Forum Players did it justice last week, with a highly enjoyable production. Certainly it was one of those evenings when you hear people all round saying "Wasn't it good" as they leave, looking happy.
Man of the match (sorry - but it was Cup Final day) was Brenda Phelps playing Lady Bracknell.
Her portrayal of the dominating dame really was masterly.
Katherine Evans, a sixth-form pupil at Borlase School, looked suitable refined as the Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax, and no doubt has a good acting future ahead of her.
Even younger was Laura Cottrell, who is taking GCSE's at Wye Valley School, and who played Cecily Cardew.
Local amateur dramatics has nothing to worry about with youngsters like these coming up.
The leading young men, played by Anthony Deacon and Paul Dawson, had long and not too easy parts to play, and they did so well. They displayed just the right mix of caddishness and attractiveness to encourage the audience to warm to them.
Miss Prism (Gill Stokes) was wonderfully twittery, and with the equally dotty rector (Richard Garland), raised lots of laughs.
The two minor parts of man-servant and maid played by Andrew Whitehead and Angela Telfer were admirable.
So, it was a great play, well cast, well produced by Angela Telfer and Richard Garland, and backed up by a competent production team.
Sandra Carter- -Bucks Free Press- -May 22nd 1998-
Cast and Crew
JOHN WORTHING, J.P.
REV. CANON CHASUBLE, D.D.
HON. GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX
SET DESIGN & ARTWORK
FRONT OF HOUSE
MR. ANTHONY DEACON
MR. PAUL DAWSON
MR. RICHARD GARLAND
MRS. ANGELA TELFER
MR. ANDREW WHITEHEAD
MRS. BRENDA PHELPS
MISS. KATHERINE EVANS
MISS. LAURA COTTRELL
MRS. GILL STOKES
ASSISTED BY CLUB MEMBERS
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