REVIEW: A smashing night of Cheers, Tears, Fears and lots of Beers

Cheers, Tears, Fears and Beers, Warkworth Memorial Hall.

The cleverly-named Warkworth Drama Group event was certainly a night to stir the emotions with wonderful performances and moving scripts and direction.

The evening was spilt into three one-act plays with short intervals, to enjoy the beers end of the bargain.

First up was The Wide Blue Yonder, written by group member Pru Heathcote.

This was wonderful on many levels. It told the story of a woman trapped in her home by agoraphobia for over 20 years, being looked after by an over-caring husband.

Steph Wilkinson excelled in her role, portraying the woman as slightly out-of-touch, yet able to raise a smile at thoughts of her past and see the humour in her situation.

Mike Dixon played the over-caring husband very well and Rosie Bush did brilliantly on her debut; her character persuading the woman to seek help.

All round, a great play and a tribute to the skills of the group and the writing of Pru.

Then it was time for Alan Bennett’s A Cream Cracker Under the Settee. Meg Dixon was tasked with the role of Doris, an elderly lady, and the play told the story of a day in her life, and thoughts of her past. She gave a character to the role that was lovable, yet lonely, we chuckled with her and felt sorry for her too. Last up was the classic ‘blood donor’ sketch from the immortal Tony Hancock.

Colin Heathcote gave Hancock a zest that renewed this play to the crowd, refreshing our memories of the brilliance of the great man. Notable support came from Alli Jones-Christopher as the nurse, and Richard Brearley as the doctor.

Overall, a smashing night of theatre.