Review: One Man Two Guvnors at Beccles Public Hall

One Man Two Guvnors at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Terry Rymer.

One Man Two Guvnors at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Terry Rymer. - Credit: Archant

The locally based Mustard Theatre Company were ‘Hot Stuff’ on a very hot night as they delivered a delightful feast of comedy with their touring production of ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ which had the audience in stitches.

The show was on stage at Beccles Public Hall on Tuesday, July 24, directed by Steven Phipps.

The plot was complex, but no matter, the individual performances were each one a little gem of comedy with differing styles.

We had the hard working ‘One Man’, Peter Long as Francis Henshall (or was it ‘Paddy) his physical, vivacious and cheeky delivery the very essence of a Del Boy persona, even a trifle pantomime with some energetic and unusual almost slapstick moments and a propensity for some unusual gastronomic fetishes!

Matched with a camp ‘public school gangster’ Paul Goldsmith as Stanley Stubbers offering a gag a minute with enough innuendo to make old Etonians cry!! (pain or laughter!?). Moments to savour from these characters!

This was a play of all sorts with a twelve character cast, a dodgy solicitor, Harry Dangle of Berry Dangle and Bush, a real cockney gangster from Paul Baker as Charlie Clench, and his ‘mol’, a street wise book keeper Dolly, Dawn Briggs. There were also two young stars to watch John Entwistle as Alan Dangle also as the much battered aged waiter, and his would be confused bride Ellie Ryan as Pauline Clench, even an identical twin cross dressing gangster Emily Winter as the disguised Rachel Crabbe, each offering something to tickle the taste buds of the full house audience.

Even seemingly impromptu audience involvement, cleverly woven into the plot with skilful asides from Peter Long as Francis. His was a tour de force performance and he certainly sweated blood as he carried the lion’s chare of this highly entertaining play.

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It’s still touring and will be at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield tonight, July 27 - catch it if you can!