THE sun certainly had its hat on last week at the South Holland Centre when SADOS performed the musical Me and My Girl to sold out audiences.
I was tapping my toe to the music right from the start, The Honorable Gerald Bolingbrooke’s (James-Lee Campbell) excellent opener captivated the audience, and his idea that “there must be better ways of making money than getting up before noon to earn ones keep” was the start of the laughs.
The new Earl, Lambeth barrow boy Bill Snibson (Daran Bland) was outstanding, his accent and cockney rhyming slang were carried off perfectly through out.
Maria, The Duchess of Dene played by Beverley Moore was determined to make the best of the situation by transforming Bill into a proper gentleman, whilst Bill’s Cockney girlfriend, Sally Smith (Abigail Bourne) was ably assisted by Sir John Tremayne (Ben White) to turn her into a partner fit for an Earl.
Musical director, James De Silva and his ensemble provided the finishing touches to this show with their outstanding, unobtrusive musical accompaniment.
With excellent singing voices and stage presence the whole cast performed well, and deserve a mention including Nicky Lavis (Lady Jacqueline Carstone), Peter Breach (Sir Jasper Tring), Andrew PJ Canham (Lord Frederick Battersby), Anushka Devaser (Lady Clara Battersby), Martin Tyrell (Herbert Parchester), Paul Coleman (Charles), Melissa Brooks (Mrs Celia Worthington-Worthington), Jo Westwell (Lady Brighton), Jane Moss (Mrs Sophia Stainsley-Asherton), Elaine Deathridge (Mrs Anastasia Brown) and Brett Moore (Bob Barking).
Listening to comments on leaving the theatre, an enjoyable evening was had by all and I would imagine many went home singing The Sun Has Got His Hat On or The Lambeth Walk!
I for one will be booking my seat for their next production “Sand Castles” in November, for which they are auditioning for on Sunday, June 12 at 3pm at The Shed, Monkshouse Lane, Spalding.
Futher details on past and future productions are available by visiting www.sados.co.uk
Review by Liz McMurray