Richard and his wife, Barbara, in a mix up, offer the same room as lodgings to both a young man (who turns out to be an undertaker) and a young Italian woman (who seems to have the Mafia after her). Confusion, panic, cross-dressing and many misunderstandings abound until, finally, an Italian 'gentleman' arrives at the door carrying a violin case...
'Hilarious... a witty script... a good all round comedy.' - NODA review
|Luciano Binetti||Roland Needham|
|Miss Simmins||Claire Shenton-Taylor|
|Assistant director||Sancha Tetlow|
|Producer||Caroline Jones (myf)|
|Stage manager||Pete Gosden|
|Assistant stage manager||Malcolm Winslade|
|Sound & liighting||Jon Keen & Caroline Jones (myf)|
|Wardrobe & hairdressing||Louise Sinnett|
|Make up||Helen Maclachlan|
|Set design||Sophie Taylor|
|Set furnishing||Angie Chitty & Sophie Taylor|
|Properties||Stuart Durrant & Caroline Jones (myf)|
|Poster & programme||John Taylor|
|Box office||Sarah Hill|
|Front of House Manager||Nigel Willetts|
Review by Anne Swann - Bracknell News
CATS - Dying to Meet You - 31 July 2003
Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society are quite probably the best amateur group I've seen and their production of Dying to Meet You is totally professional.
The misunderstandings and double entendres are standard stuff delivered with exquisite timing. It appealed to all ages, the teenager next to me was virtually rolling in the aisle with laughter. Nick Mayes as Clive transformed himself into a very proper undertaker every time he put on the suit - and that hat! Kim Edwards was Gina sustaining a close-to-Italian accent, that's difficult to pull off - well done. Two young actors with good prospects.
I'm sure Barbara (Lynn Gosden) really would have suffered from empty-nest syndrome if it hadn't been quickly filled with lodgers following a slightly batty suggestion from neighbour Tom (the excellent John Taylor).
I loved the performance of the tax inspector (Claire Shenton-Taylor) and long lost love Luciano Binetti (Roland Needham), the potential Mafia hitman.
My favourite was Ian Maclachlan as Richard, a brilliant performance. I'm looking forward to CATS next production, 'Humbug' in November, if it's as good as 'Dying….', we're in for a real pre-Christmas treat.