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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 (3053674)
The cast were talented, but the script was 'lamentable'
by Guest

What I Did at School Today – Mawdesley Amateur Dramatic Society

Mawdesley Village Hall – June 19 to 21

Reviewed on Friday, June 20

Review by Jenny Robson

THIS society is celebrating its 40th year so I wish they’d been able to choose a more suitable play. Instead of being uplifted by the ‘comedy by John Mee’ that was billed I found a production full of outdated innuendos and dire clichés that made me squirm. I can’t understand why so many people in the audience found it funny.

The action takes place in Lloyd George Junior and Infant School where the staff are excited by the arrival of their new male supply teacher – Dan (Adrian Barradell).

Among the teachers are scatty Jenny (Lynsey Robertson), buxom Liz (Debbie Wells),

woman-of-a-few-words Pat (Pauline Strachan) - and sensible Kate (Emma Meen) who once had a fling with Dan at university.

As Kate and Dan attempt to rekindle their love in the staff room they are constantly interrupted by bumptious Headmaster (Finley Robertson, who also directed) whose only aim is to fleece prospective parents out of donations towards a new ICT suite. (We later find that the donations are paying his children’s private school fees!)

Caretaker Maxine (Bridgett Welch) keeps hurling abuse through the staff-room window and school secretary (Nicky Wolstenholme) constantly mixes up her words. (The malapropisms might have been funnier if there hadn’t been so many of them.)

Two parents – Mr Mrs Smedley-Alan (Irvin Wright and Jenny Ashby) - appeared near the end as did Chair of Governors (Rob Taylor).

The only two pupils were Emma and Whitney (Libby and Jessica Cowburn). Emma is set the task of writing about what she has done at school that day but when the essay is pinned on the notice-board it seems that everyone thinks the best place for it is in the bin!

Score: 5/10 – The talent of the cast was ultimately defeated by the lamentable quality of the script.


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