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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 (3031361)
A good old fashioned bit of escapism
by Guest


Me And My Girl

Birkdale Orpheus Society

Little Theatre, Southport

Review by Ellen Campbell



This musica,l first produced in 1937 and revived again in the 1980s, seems a trifle old fashioned with a rather shallow plot even if it does have all the other ingredients for a great evening’s entertainment.

The action takes place in the home of the aristocratic Hareford family who have discovered the heir to the title of Earl of Hareford is Bill Snibson (Ben Wake), a cockney lad from Lambeth who doesn’t quite fit the requirements of the will in order to inherit, ie “be a proper gentleman”.

The family solicitor Herbert Parchester (Nick Lloyd) delivers this news and does a wonderful rendition of ‘The Family Solicitor' complete with dance routine. The executors of the estate are the Duchess of Dene, Maria, beautifully played by Mary Forbes and Sir John Tremayne (Steve Coghlan) a rather fine drunk. Maria thinks Bill can be transformed to a gentleman but his girlfriend Sally Smith (Bridie Flanagan) will be unable to make the transition and she insists they break up.

Happy to step into Sally’s shoes is the flightly Lady Jacqueline Carstone (Helen Bench) and although engaged to Gerald Bolingbroke (Alastair Johnson) she rather likes the idea of marrying a wealthy gentleman and pursues Bill without success.

A formal party is held in Bill’s honour to try out his newly acquired airs and graces but Sally turns up with their friends from Lambeth. She tells Bill she is returning to her roots and Bill reluctantly accepts her decision.

A sad Sally returns to London but with help from an unexpected quarter, and touches of My Fair Lady, she returns to Hareford with new lady-like charms to be reunited with Bill and the family are pleased they have their new heir.

This show has great numbers including ‘The Lambeth Walk' and ‘Leaning on A Lamppost'. A highspot was a comic scene in the Library involving a rather large cloak, a tiger rug and a few ancestors thrown in for good measure! The chorus members ranging from the very young to more mature were brilliantly turned out in fine well-fitting costumes.

A very young looking Tom Chester was the enthusiastic musical director who did a grand job with his 11 piece orchestra. Liz Clarke was the director and Sarah Le Masurier the specialist dance choreographer.

'Me and My Girl’ is on until Saturday October 13 and is well worth a visit.



Star Rating: 8 out of 10. A nice bit of escapism.






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