Basinful of Briny
Venue : Woodrush High School
Date : October 1981
Genre : Comedy
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Mildly Amusing Basinful
Many plays have been written on the theme of the seaside boarding houses and all seem to contain the same characters - an ogress of a landlady and slightly zany maid. 'A Basinful...' was no exception.
Coming from the pen of experienced stage-writer Leslie Sands, it proved a little disappointing, with a slender plot and dialogue which was mildly amusing but failed to provoke hilarity.
Throughout one felt the players deserved a better vehicle for their talents, but even so there were some high spots.
Willa Hislop's maid was superb, and whenever she was on stage she served to lift the script out of its rut - particularly with her own version of 'Lover Come Back to Me'.
Estelle Shutkever handled the role of 'Mrs Austin' with power and polish and the remainder of the cast were well suited to their roles.
Angela Smith added a refreshing touch of glamour to a clever acting ability and the 'love interest' was competently introduced by Beryl Linforth as 'Daphne' and Peter Webber as her somewhat off-beat husband.
P.K.S., Local Newspaper, 1981