Play with Music, Quandam Theatre
Oct 30th 2008
Four talented, experienced comic actor-musicians on tour, all with hearty voices, brought a new style of theatre to Radcliffe – modern European farce, and played to a large and receptive audience. ‘The Last Waltz’ a play with music, followed the shambolic lives of its lead characters; a sparky daughter counselling her parents through a sticky marital patch and a brother with ‘unfortunate warts’, a lovelorn housewife, a ‘rail company jobsworth ‘ in love with rain and all things miserable, and the hero, a signalman on the cusp of losing his job. It may not sound like the stuff to raise a laugh, but it did – lots of it! In an atmosphere of signal bells, cross-rail point changes and rattling train sound effects, the story was peppered with songs ranging from laments and sharp satire to love ballads and lively music hall turns, accompanied by piano, flute, guitar, mandolin, ukelele, wash-board, tea-chest bass, violin and more; all players showed inexhaustable musical skills! The audience responded with loud laughter, the occasional sigh and giggle, clapping, stamping and whilstling for more. Another great RadVentures night out for all!
(A Village Ventures event)
They were excellent – and they certainly do their homework! How did they know about the lingerie shop and the whipping post?’
‘I liked the cartoon man, he was really clever. I draw cartoons in school.’
‘If they’re all like that in Barnsley maybe we should be twinned with them!’