Detling Players

News Review

Yes Prime Minister - November

2018

Yes Prime Minister at Detling Village Hall

November 15-17

Detling Players presented “Yes Prime Minister” by Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay, in the week that many of the issues raised in this hilarious play were very topical: Europe, arguments in the governing party, global warming and the Euro, to name just a few. Great timing. This was a very professional production directed by Sue Sutton. Prime Minister Jemima Hacker was played with immaculate timing by Clare Pearce. Her comedic facial expressions and mannerisms were so true of what would be expected of this female leader facing off to an arrogant Permanent Secretary.. Her mimicking of Sir Winston Churchill, during the TV interview, was particularly funny and believable.
Stephen Page’s rendering of Sir Humphrey Appleby as an aloof and pompous senior Civil Servant was superb. His strutting and pumped up sense of his own importance was portrayed to a tee, as were the completely and deliberately confusing speeches he made to try to mislead the Prime Minister. Claire and Steve worked brilliantly together. Newcomer Cameron McColm played the academic and morally challenge Bernard beautifully. Cathy Spain was a good foil to Bernard and Sir Humphrey and Darren O’Connor and Sandra Stanley added real colour to the production as the culturally challanged Ambassador and the BBC interviewer driven off course by a dominant PM. Finally Dicky Dawson managed anger, frustration and weakness in his scene as the BBC Director General. As always there was an excellent well lit and dressed set suggesting the grandness of Chequers and the use of cameras and TV screens for the interview ws very innovative and authentic. The costumes too were excellent, providing Jemima in particular with a number of great changes. Altogether a very good production enjoyed by around 250 people. Jan Kennard
© Detling Players 2016
Detling Players

News Review

Yes Prime Minister - November

2018

Yes Prime Minister at Detling Village Hall November 15-17

Detling Players presented “Yes Prime Minister” by Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay, in the week that many of the issues raised in this hilarious play were very topical: Europe, arguments in the governing party, global warming and the Euro, to name just a few. Great timing. This was a very professional production directed by Sue Sutton. Prime Minister Jemima Hacker was played with immaculate timing by Clare Pearce. Her comedic facial expressions and mannerisms were so true of what would be expected of this female leader facing off to an arrogant Permanent Secretary.. Her mimicking of Sir Winston Churchill, during the TV interview, was particularly funny and believable.
Stephen Page’s rendering of Sir Humphrey Appleby as an aloof and pompous senior Civil Servant was superb. His strutting and pumped up sense of his own importance was portrayed to a tee, as were the completely and deliberately confusing speeches he made to try to mislead the Prime Minister. Claire and Steve worked brilliantly together. Newcomer Cameron McColm played the academic and morally challenge Bernard beautifully. Cathy Spain was a good foil to Bernard and Sir Humphrey and Darren O’Connor and Sandra Stanley added real colour to the production as the culturally challanged Ambassador and the BBC interviewer driven off course by a dominant PM. Finally Dicky Dawson managed anger, frustration and weakness in his scene as the BBC Director General. As always there was an excellent well lit and dressed set suggesting the grandness of Chequers and the use of cameras and TV screens for the interview ws very innovative and authentic. The costumes too were excellent, providing Jemima in particular with a number of great changes. Altogether a very good production enjoyed by around 250 people. Jan Kennard
©Detling players 2016