None the Wiser
By Anthony Booth
The “Ormskirk Theater Company” presented us with a very enjoyable evening of comedy entertainment that included two one act plays directed by Alexandra Harvey and Charlotte Taylor, these were “Non-the Wiser” by Anthony Booth and “The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish” by David Tristram.
The first play was an amusing comedy called “Non-the Wiser” by Anthony Booth, written for seven female cast members but in this case the characters were portrayed by six women and one man playing a women. As the play begins we are introduced to five women dressed as nuns but it was soon apparent that the black habits were a cover-up and they were actually operating a successful shoplifting racket. We meet them in the sitting room of the so-called Stonegate Convent where the nuns are discussing the day’s activities and items they have stolen, but then their criminal conspiracy is put at risk of discovery when two nuns knock at the door and ask to stay at the convent, Thinking the visitors are real nuns our criminal gang are dismayed and try not to act suspiciously they also undertake activities such as helping out at fetes and jumble sales around the community to help alleviate any questions. However these newcomers are not what they seem and subsequently confusion breaks out leading to some very funny situations. There were some very funny lines in this play and diction was very good meaning dialogue could be followed easily but I did find the pace a little slow at times which meant some comedy opportunities were missed, however overall it was an entertaining production
For the second half of the evening the company presented a superb entertaining production of “The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish” featuring two very fine actors Pat Baker and Gary Simpson. We were invited into the world of a board of middle-age couple who both escape into their own fantasy worlds in order to get through their dreary lives and unexciting relationship. Pat and Gary worked very well together and showed their experience and virtuosity by playing a number interesting characters from different scenarios and speaking in various accents conjured up from their imagination with hilarious results. By the end of the play the couple realizes they are both dreaming and living the same fantasies and their relationship is rekindled. Congratulation must go to both actors and directors Alexandra Harvey and Charlotte Taylor for an outstanding enjoyable experience.
The same set with a few tweaks and the addition of Orca the goldfish for the second play was used for both plays and was more than suitable for both productions and the size of this intimate venue.
This was another very enjoyable entertaining evening from the “Ormskirk Theater Company” Congratulations to all involved including front of house who made us very welcome. Thank you for inviting me I look forward to your next production.
Two classic one-act comedies performed in the intimate surroundings of the theatre above Disraeli’s pub in Church Street, Ormskirk.