Production 103 Who's Who

Who's WhoBy Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall

 

Performed on Thu 27th to Sat 29th August 1981 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Bernard White Alex Thomson
Joanna White Kath Fox
Timothy Black Jeremy Stewart
Helen Brown Gill Watson
Joanna Black Kath Fox
The Dresser Gordon Crier

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Who's Who?

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Words, Words, Nothing but Words

Stop waffling said a character in The Guild Players production of Who’s Who? Last week. She said it well over an hour after the curtain had gone up on a very long first act… but the waffling went on… and on… and on. Who’s Who? is a long waffle from beginning to end. It is a waffle and a yawn, and only redeeming performances of the players saved it from becoming a first‑class bore. Written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, a pair of the best post‑war dramatists, the story is slight beyong belief concerning the well‑worn theme of an illicit weekend. The first act presents a series of situations so hackneyed I could hardly believe it. The second was much better when the writers exploited what might have happened had the partners been changed. Throughout the play – which seemed as though it was never going to end – there was a constant procession of comings and goings in the tradition of French farce. The whole idea would have been much better as a review sketch of about 15 minutes. On the other hand, four highly competent Guild Players gave performances worthy of much better things. Alex Thomson was excellent as a very ordinary chap with a bit on the side who believes he’s God’s answer to women, Alex worked hard throughout the evening. He had plenty to say but very little to work on in characterisation. Jeremy Stewart had better luck. His character, inane as it is, at least offered a laugh here and there. Jeremy had an unusually expressive face and used this to his advantage as the story got sillier and sillier. Gill Watson, looking singularly attractive, also worked hard and, I thought, found much more opportunity for expression in the second act. Kath Fox added a dimension of veracity but was a delight in her few minutes of inebriation. Full marks for dear old Gordon Crier who, in a fleeting appearance, did not say a word. Eleanor Bowthorpe set the scene for each act. Who’s Who? was directed by youthful Neil Cox and it was a brilliant debut into adult theatre. He handled his mature cast with a well‑defined line and how I wish he had picked a more entertaining script.

Tony Arnold

Published in the East Kent Mercury 3rd September 1981

Production Team

Production Team

Director Alex Thomson
Stage Manager Kerry Summers
Lighting Ian Halloway & Philip Bowthorpe
Front of House Zena Almond
Bar Peter Wood
Buffet Doris Taverner
Box Office Doris Cohen

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