The small cast had their work cut out, many scenes had the majority of the cast involved, most cast members had a monologue and with deep issues to cover the script was wordy. Not forgetting the wide range of accents featured, Irish, Italian, Jewish and New York American, in fact only one person got away with their own accent. The accents were spot on throughout which is no small achievement. Cassie Furey as Bess, showed the characters torment as the past was brought back to mind, her choice of moving on or staying in the past playing on her mind throughout the play. All the cast brought depth and feeling to their characters the performances were strong and believable.
This production is a credit to the effort and innovation of the members of this group, a lesson to us all to push the boundaries and think outside the box with our productions.
The intimate setting of the Bedworth Arts Centre is perfect for this play, it helps to give the impression that you are sat at another table listening in to the conversations. Once again in this small space the set needs to be creative, the mood and scene is set with just three tables and corresponding chairs.
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