Alfie

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : February 1993

Genre : Drama

Director

Cast

Anne Cherry

Siddie

Mike Beamish

Humphrey

Beryl Linforth

Woman Doctor

Roger Warren

Harry Clamacraft

Jenny Bradford

Lily Clamacraft

Anna Ahmed

Carla

Ted Rodgers

Sharpey

Mary Mellor

Annie

Mike Beamish

Lofty

Roger Warren

Mr Smith

Crew

no profile image

Di Williams

Stage Manager

no profile image

Carol Hardeman

Assistant Stage Manager

no profile image

Bill Arris

Set Construction

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Joy Rodgers

Costumes

Steve O’Hara

Photography

Estelle Shutkever

House Manager

Barbara Clulee

Front of House

Ted Rodgers

Assiting Set Construction

Crew

Di Williams

Stage Manager

Carol Hardeman

Assistant Stage Manager

Bill Arris

Set Construction

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Joy Rodgers

Costumes

Steve O’Hara

Photography

Estelle Shutkever

House Manager

Barbara Clulee

Front of House

Ted Rodgers

Assiting Set Construction

Production Gallery

Reviews

Prior is perfect as Cockney Charmer...

I SUGGEST that Wythall Theatre Company make their next production Hamlet and give the troubled prince's part to talented Jonathan Prior, writes David Whipp.

His commanding performance in their latest outing, Bill Naughton's Alfie, has probably been superb training for othe big one.' The roles are similar in some respects: both characters dominate their respective plays, both soliloquise and turn their minds inside out Hamlet full of doubt about his inaction, Alfie never in any doubt that the horrible things he does to the women in his life are for the very best.

In long bouts of self justification, using mangled logic, Alfie tells his tawdry tale. Operating in the early '60s, long before the advent of the 'new man,' he wages a guerilla war on womankind, loving and leaving remorselessly until the pregnancy of a friend, and its seedy outcome, forces him to take stock.

It was during this emotionally charged bout of self examination that Mr Prior could have come unstuck. Playing the strutting wide boy, but revealing that same character's deeply hidden soft centre, even for a few moments, is a high-wire act. All I can say is, that in the Palace Theatre, Redditch, jaws stopped chomping, breathing was suspended and to the hum of the air conditioning, he made it safely to the other side.

Other cast members shone, when they could get a word in edgeways. Mike Beamish switched adroitly between Alfie's kindly rival Humphrey and lorry driver Lofty. Jack Parramore's touching portrayal of a remorseful widower was a treat and Roger Warren's doctor looked every inch a grubby practitioner of 'fringe medicine.' I didn't spot a dub performance anywhere.

First rate, inexpensive, local entertainment.

David Whipp, Bromsgrove Advertiser