THEATRE REVIEW - Act II’s Revue 2014, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Spalding

Karl Gernert of Act II Theatre Company playing an American Military Captain, as he diid for Act II's Revue 2014 at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Karl Gernert of Act II Theatre Company playing an American Military Captain, as he diid for Act II's Revue 2014 at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Year ending on a high with Act II’s news show

Readers of a certain age may remember the satirical Friday night radio sketch show Week Ending broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

It was the breeding ground for such stars as Sir David Jason, Alison Steadman and Tracey Ullman, as well as producers like John Lloyd (Blackadder) and Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It).

Act II Theatre Company decided to recreate the era of satire with Revue 2014 at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.

The biggest eyebrow-raiser was the appearance of co-director Charlotte Gernert in a rare outing alongside husband and fellow director Karl.

Another Act II regular, Jack Harrison (The History Boys), managed to capture the essence of UKIP leader Nigel Farage and his modus operandi of “make every argument about Europe”.

There were also sketches about the Scottish referendum vote, political opposition in Russia, the craze over Disney film Frozen and a tribute to famous people who have died during the year.

But perhaps the real crowd-pleaser was a three-man sketch about Spalding town centre’s recent gridlock caused by work to level crossings, put to the tune of Madness’s Driving in My Car.

Inventive, incisive, intuitive - Act II have done it again.

Review by Winston Brown