Review: Revelling in Spooktacular style

Clive Read in Spooktacula
Clive Read in Spooktacula
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In completing a most entertaining year of self-penned plays and entertainments, the Revellers presented a themed review show entitled ‘Spooktacular’ to coincide with Halloween.

An enthusiastic audience greeted each new item with applause and laughter at Peterborough Indoor Bowls Club in Burton Street and were not disappointed in their haunted quest to enjoy themselves from scary opening courtesy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ via Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ by way of a ‘Monster Mash’ with flashing hair to the Rocky Horror finale of ‘The Time Warp.’

Seasoned compere, Clive Read, in frightening Frank N’ Furter garb complete with stockings and suspenders along with two very amusing side-kicks reminded one of the best of British variety. There was something for everyone in this family show where I was so pleased to see that the endearing little spooklets aged 3 and above were given entirely appropriate dance routines to perform and jokes to tell whilst dressed as tiny tots should be dressed: where do you look after baby ghosts? The Day Scare Centre!

On a well-lit space with a colourfully costumed cast, Sue Read directed with her usual experienced aplomb and introduced us to a range of challenging numbers choreographed deftly, considering the very small stage and large cast, by Joanna Linford. It was a joy to hear Tom Lehrer’s ‘Poisoning Pigeons in the Park’ performed in deadpan style by Helen Naylor and Jo Linford whilst the rendition of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by the aforesaid Helen and Sean Flynn was equally excellent and the version of ‘With Her Head Tucked’ delivered by Martin Linford was a gem. In fact, the singing throughout was top class.

All in all, the show was a splendid mix of the macabre and the musically mellifluous in a fun-filled evening and you can see it until Friday (30th).

The Revellers can add this notch to several successes in 2015 and look forward to their next play, ‘The Best Man?’,in February 2016.

By Sandra Samwell