Snake in the Grass: NODA Review
Author: Gordon Harris
Travelling to Whitstable (Lindley Players) is always a pleasure and I know I will certainly come away satisfied…and Snake in the Grass hasn’t changed that.
The entire play takes place in the garden of the Chester’s family home, now neglected and run-down. Included in the set we saw the edge of an overgrown tennis court and a summerhouse built over a disused well, both of which play important parts in the play. So well designed, constructed, and realistic by Tim Hinchliffe, James Roberts and Robert George. As always with the Lindley Players – a real gem.
Amanda Hunt played Miriam, the younger sister, with total confidence. Quickly establishing her scatty, awkward, and naive character she elicited sympathy from her first entrance. Excellent comedic timing, and the transformation from mouse to monster was a pleasure to witness. Penny Cooper playing Annabelle, the returning older sister, was really assured, suitably aloof and seemingly in control. The transition of this ‘buttoned up’ woman to the fearful, neurotic mess as the play progressed was very convincing. Justine Sewell played Alice, their deceased father’s former nurse. Her body language and assured delivery immediately intimated that she was a manipulative creature and much more worldly than the two sisters. The ‘wheelbarrow incident’ was one of the funniest and well played: well done.These three very talented actresses are to be congratulated on their teamwork. The wordy dialogue was slick, and because they all have excellent diction not a word of this excellent production was missed.
Christy Hinchliffe, Director, gave us a production full of splendid direction and professionalism. Well done for nurturing your company and this production to a provide an excellent evening’s entertainment. Lighting (Vicky and Grace King) – Excellent, atmospheric and realistic. Sound – Excellent – I enjoyed the choice of music, which added to the atmosphere.
It is always a pleasure to visit this lovely theatre – Front of House always make visitors feel comfortable and welcome.