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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Teddington Theatre Club

Hampton Hill Theatre - 16 September 2018

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Jollity, Japes and Jeeves

 

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

by David and Robert Goodale, based on PG Wodehouse

 

Teddington Theatre Club at the Hampton Hill Theatre until 21st September

 

Review by Didie Bucknall

 

That any theatrical group could even think of putting on a play requiring so much effort for only one week is astonishing, but as TTC has three strong actors able to play the parts, well, why not?  The large amount of scenery and immaculately timed backstage activity required is why not.  But what was produced can only be described as a tour de force.  Such energy, such perfect timing!  We were treated to a great evening of jollity and japes.

Bertie, seated in the armchair, has decided to share his latest exploit with the audience.  Of course his task was seemingly simple enough - to go to an antique dealer and cast doubts on the authenticity of a silver cow creamer so that his uncle could buy the object to add to his collection at a much reduced price.  He is encouraged to do so by the threat that his aunt will exclude him from her dinner table, a severe deprivation as the aunt in question has, by devious means, engaged the talents of a first class chef.  Of course, things do not go smoothly for Bertie, complications and intricate plots weave themselves around until Jeeves saves the day with some intimate knowledge gleaned from his men’s private club.

Jeeves appears first with a blazing fireplace, the flames of which Bertie manipulates on strings with great delight.  He then wheels on a large box which, when opened in several stages reveals a beautifully constructed reproduction of Bertie’s drawing room. 

Peter Hill, as an increasingly confused Bertie, narrates the story while Scott Tilley as an imperturbable Jeeves, an irascible JP and his winsome daughter, and the delightful John Mortley billed as playing the ancient butler Steppings, but appearing in multiple guises, are the only actors on stage.  They say that comedy is more difficult to play than tragedy.  All three give a masterly performance, their timings are spot on, their characterisation hilarious.

As the story unfolds, scene after scene of lovely settings are wheeled on and off.     Towards the end, when the pace is fast and furious wigs and clothes are flung on and off with increasing rapidity…  …

Read Didie Bucknall’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/jeeves

 

Photography by JoJo Leppink of Handwritten Photography

 

 


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