Friday, September 06, 2019

'Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense' by The Goodale Brothers

6 September 2019

The pretty seaside town of Sheringham in North Norfolk is one of our favourite places. When we lived nearer we used to have regular day trips to Sheringham every summer to walk the dogs in Sheringham Park (a large National Trust country park) and along the seafront, before finishing the day with a visit to Sheringham Little Theatre. Since we have moved further away we have been less frequent visitors: our last trip was eleven years ago, when we saw the play 'Dangerous Obsession' by N J Crisp (reviewed here in July 2008). So it was a lovely trip down memory lane to return to Sheringham last weekend. The Little Theatre (capacity 180) still runs an old-fashioned weekly rep company over the summer months, with the same set of actors putting on a different play each week. On Saturday we saw them perform ‘Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’. This is a dramatisation by The Goodale Brothers of a P G Wodehouse tale, made even more entertaining by framing it as a play-within-a-play, as Bertie Wooster, Jeeves and fellow butler Seppings attempt to act out the story for us. The challenges of playing multiple characters, often within the same scene, create a wonderful theatrical farce. Nick Earnshaw’s production, starring David Tarkenter, Steve Banks and Ryan Starling, was great fun and a lovely end to a beautiful sunny day by the seaside.

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