This production marked the Fairlight debut of Andy Godfrey in the role
of Gilbert Bodley, the lecherous Managing Director of Bodley, Bodley
and Crouch. The remaining cast members were all familiar faces, but
rarely has a play been so well cast, with every individual inhabiting
their given part as if it had been written especially for them.
set designers had the additional challenge of building a set on three
levels - quite a challenge with the limited headroom available in the
village hall. Cast members found themselves even closer to the lights
than normal ... an incentive, if ever there was one, to keep the action
moving so as to avoid getting toasted.
A plucky Aisling Tigwell
overcame her natural shyness to tempt and tease as if she had been
coached by experts (although the handy tips passed on by Carol Ardley
in the "undressing" department suggested a murky past that we will
refrain from exploring). The Director, too, revealed some surprising
qualities .... as Andy observed during rehearsals "There are very few
people in the world that can teach me anything about leching."
every way, this production was an outstanding success, deservedly
breaking the Players' all time record for the total number of tickets
sold. It will be a hard act to follow, but we'll do our best.