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REVIEW Trivial Pursuits by Denton West
Friday 2nd December 2016 @ 14:37 by Adam Higgins
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Denton West Amateur Dramatic Society presented their autumn production of the comedy Trivial Pursuits, by Frank Vickery and directed by Brian Goodwin.

Denton West, based at Denton Community Centre, certainly know how to play comedy with this production punctuated with lots of laughs and funny frolics.

All the action is set in a very impressive summer garden scene where the local dramatic/operatic group await the announcement of the next production.

Trivial Pursuits is a play within a play as the audience watch and the cast wait for the proclamation. This is not straightforward though, because there are plenty of mishaps, slapstick and farce that intercept the storyline, including roof aerials, barbecues that won’t light and relationship pursuits.

Gareth Jones (Teddy) made for a wonderfully camp character with an abundance of entertaining lines.

Producer Sue Stagg (Joyce) was bright and breezy in her role as she kept the action moving along with her many cocktails!

Nigel Skinner (Nick) was hilarious in the role with his fabulous facial gestures and comedic talent.

The pathos of the piece was delivered by Tony Slattery (Derek) as he mourns the lead up to his pending divorce but was also played with the dry comedic wit that is Tony’s trademark.

Amanda Jones (Jessica) was stunning and scheming in her flamenco dress, determined to be the star of the next society musical.

All characters gave their all including Jackie Hall (Roz), Cavan Slate (Eddie), Kathryn Sinclair (Deidre), Carol Ross (Pearl) and Dorothy Wilkinson (Mona).

D.W.A.D.S. have acknowledged that this was not an easy play for them to stage with all the orchestrations of the action, but they certainly pulled it off!

Full marks go to the team for the creation of a wonderful set – and for providing a highly entertaining night.

The production also raised £300 which will be donated towards the running of the Denton community centre.


Review by Denise Evans