THE latest offering from St Nicolas Players, the farce ‘Allo ‘Allo, was recently performed at the South Holland Centre.
The stage play was based on some of the televised episodes of programmes that David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd produced for BBC television between 1982 – 92 under the same title.
The stage version presents a number of challenges for both actors and stage crew since the facilities of camera switching, instant close-ups and film editing are not available. However, the sizeable and appreciative audience was treated to a highly entertaining performance. The main set, which was a wonderful re-creation of the Café Rene’, was a masterpiece of design and construction that provided a superb location for so much of the comic happenings. There were particularly strong performances from Troy Melvin (as Rene’), Joanna Hobbs and Emma Dobbs (as the waitresses with a love interest in Rene’), Rob Callaby (as Captain Alberto Bertorelli – an Italian as much in love with himself as all the ladies) and the very good pairing of Mark Spelman (Herr Flick) and Lucy Allen (as Helga). The very efficient stage crew coped extremely well with the several required set changes thereby ensuring that a good pace was maintained throughout.
Overall this was undoubtedly a treat for the many fans of this much loved comedy series.
Review by P Breach.