Man of the Moment

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : November 2001

Genre : Comedy

Director

Joy Rodgers

Director

Cast

Phil Knight

Vic Parks

Clare Rowland

Trudy Parkes

David Key

Kenny Collins

Adam Lee

Douglas Beechey

Anna Ahmed

Jill Rillington

Elizabeth Round

Sharon Giffin

Mike Beamish

Ashley Barnes

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Grace Troth

Cindy Parkes

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Christopher Round

Tim Parkes

Ken Stonehall

David and Crewman

Crew

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Ted Rodgers

Producer

Karen Ashley

Properties

Beryl Linforth

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Audrey Parkes

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Sue George

Line coach/understudy

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Crew

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Ted Rodgers

Producer

Karen Ashley

Properties

Beryl Linforth

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Audrey Parkes

Properties

Sue George

Line coach/understudy

Tony Goswell

Lighting

Production Gallery

Reviews

Man of the Moment

A Spanish villa's sunny patio was where this comedy took place, a very convincing set too.

Jill Rillington (Anna Ahmed) took us straight into the story with her boundless energy, clear diction and expressive face.

Formers bank robber Vick Parks (Phil Knight) and the man who helped convict him, Douglas Beechey (Adam Lee), were brought together by scheming TV presenter Jill and their conflicting personalities soon gave spice to the plot.

The ever smiling Beechey epitomised the boring Mr Nice Guy Women never seem to like, however, it transpired that he wasn't quite so timid after all.

There was great characterisation from all the players, including Val Archer as Marta the maid, who had very little to do yet she did it beautifully, and many amusing scenes such as the unfortunate gardener drowning whilst everyone ignored his plight.

This long established and popular company's hard work with continuity and sound effects was evident, creating a very neat production.

Denise Collings, Unknown November 2001


Man of the Moment

The thing about Wythall Theatre Company is that they're not afraid to try something a big different.

WTC has a habit of putting on comedies, whether it's because members are good at them or they simply enjoy having a laugh, and Alan Ayckbourn's Man of the Moment was not different.

The major difference this time around was, believe it or not, filmed scenes of some of the characters in an outdoor swimming pool - which was projected onto the back of the stage.

Tough TV presenter Jill Rillington (Anna Ahmed) brings together ex-con Vic Parkes (Phil Knight) and timid bank clerk Douglas Beechey (Adam Lee) 14 years after Douglas's unexpected heroism put Vic behind bars and sparks are expected to fly....

Phil Knight, Adam Lee and Dave Key who played Vic's manager Kenny Collins, really got under the skin of their characters and as a result gave superb performances.

It was also refreshing to see some ingenuity with the pool scenes.

(*** out of *****)

Melina Cannon, Redditch Advertisor November 2001