be completely honest it's been a while since I have been to see
a "real" play. Not that I'm saying the likes of Joseph
and Cats aren't real, but it did make a change to watch a cast who
I knew weren't about to burst into song about anything from a magical
cat to a fancy coat.
Daddies tells the story of Sasha - played tremendously by Alison
Pargeter - an archetypal country bumpkin who has moved to London
to go to catering college.
appears to be ignorant of all the horrors, to be found in the big
city. "Everyone's just really friendly," she comments
to her sister Chloe (Anna Brecon).
when she happens upon an old man who has been hurt in an accident,
she thinks nothing of inviting him into her home to assist him.
But this is just the beginning. Soon Sasha finds herself in a situation
which everyone around her, apart from herself, can see is wrong.
anyone who's sick of the usual Christmas panto and tired of watching
telly, I would recommend Sugar Daddies.
the story's fairly menacing undertones, the cast manages to create
a play, which is entertaining and particularly funny.
portrayal of Sasha is realistic and extremely amusing, inducing
laughter every time she so much as walks across the stage.
the performances by the relatively small cast, are highly believable
with special reference to Uncle Val (Rex Garner) about whom I would
sat more if it weren't for fear of ruining the plot.
one set is used during the play but with the constant change of
scene and furniture, no one seemed bored in the packed auditorium..
night flew by at such a pace I was surprised when it finished. I
left the Playhouse feeling exceedingly contented by such an original
and refreshing performance. It's a must - see.