Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society
Hailed as a comic pastiche of Hollywood 40s classic thrillers the Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society's production of Moroccan Twist was a triumph. It provided plenty of laughs, singing, dancing and subterfuge as it wove its complicated plot around the world.
This award-winning drama by Wayne Priestley was specially-adapted for CADS by director Alan Willens. It kept the audience guessing right to the end when there were so many dead bodies lying on the stage that lovestruck Sharleen had trouble stepping over them. She then met her own fate as globetrotting super sleuth Lou Hopper, a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart, grappled with her to retrieve the gun she had used to shoot most of the cast (some of them twice over!)
"It is great that a small village is able to put on such a quality performance such as this," said Sir George Young MP, who was among the appreciative opening night audience. "We look forward to their next production."
Lou and his adoring secretary Sharleen, played with great style by Cliff and Alywn Tucker, travel via London, Paris and Gibraltar to Casablanca as he tries to unravel the mysterious death of Igor Radnowski and the secret of the red stones. Every woman he meets wants to kiss him, and each kiss proves fatal.
Goodworth Clatford village hall was masterfully transformed from New York to London by the back stage crew while some of the cast and helpers served a theatre supper. The opening of the second half got off to a flying start with Margaret Scard, as the flower seller and David Grey as the London Bobby, leading the chorus in a rousing rendition of 'Who will buy?' from Oliver .
Big Ying and Wee Wong, alias John Roberts-Davies and Peter Smith, played the bad guys brilliantly throughout the play with their terrible accents, bad jokes and lust for blood.
Other highlights were the colourful House of the Rising Sun tea house, where Mamachan, played convincingly by Jean Williams, provides Lou with another clue. The giggles of her saucy 'daughters' - Sharon Colpman, Janet Smith and Marlene Saunders - raised a smile as they sang Three Little Maids from Sun.
Parisian artist Ann Blake had the audience in stitches as she tried unsuccessfully to erect her easel, and the again as Betty with Wilson and Keppel, alias Marlene Saunders and Janet Smith, in 'the Old Bazaar in Cairo'.
All the cast took to the stage for the last number 'There's No Business Like Show Business'. Peter Govey, Head of Drama for John Hanson School commented: "It's the best show that CADS have yet done."