Fish & Chips - Theatre ☆☆☆☆4

Showing from - Thursday, February 18, 2016 through till Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Strutts Centre - Belper

Dan Webber | Friday, February 19, 2016

Fish & Chips reviewed by Dan Webber on Friday, February 19, 2016 for Downstage CentreServing up a treat: Jane Wilton and Mik Horvath in 'Fish & Chips' (Photo by Jenny Gavin-Wear)

Marde Hen Productions is a fine example of an emerging theatre company with big ambitions.

 

Following on from the success of their last production Late, Stephen Lee Rees and co return to The Strutts Centre, Belper for their second full length production Fish and Chips.

 

In a dead end plaice and battered by life (last fish pun I promise) Norman and Jean live out a comfortable albeit stale existence running fish and chip shop ’The Cod Father’, The script is a mixture of Peter Kay and John Godber, with a subtle hint of The League of Gentlemen“discussing rather than talking”, with only their small number of loyal yet eccentric costumers for company.

 

Fish and Chips is an apt name for a production definitely in two halves, comedy and tragedy, humour and heartbreak, light and shade. Jane Wilton especially showing there is great acting ability and pathos in the self-titled “Mrs Funnie”.

 

Lee Rees is a director who knows his cast and knows how to get the best from them, the pairing of Jane Wilton and Mik Horvath as Jean and Norman respectively is a masterstroke, coupled with strong and believable performances throughout from returning half-brother Greyson (Paul Davies), ‘Tart with a Heart’ Sally (Vanessa McAuley) and great comic turn by Pip Price.

 

Down to Earth Humour

The script, also by Lee Rees, is a mixture of Peter Kay and John Godber, with a subtle hint of The League of Gentlemen thrown in for good measure. Above all though comparison must be made to the writing of Victoria Wood with it’s strong characters and down to earth humour. There are some great one liners in this piece, but also some devastatingly moving moments too.

 

The set alone is worth of its own review, the attention to detail, time and effort which has clearly gone into making it means you can almost smell the fish and chips.


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Production Information


Theatre: The Strutts Centre

Showing Until: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Production Company: Marde Hen Productions

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