Okay this could go either way; a great tribute to the original show, or a complete mess. Thankfully it wasn’t the latter, as the audience of mixed ages certainly enjoyed the show, and it was lovely to hear the laughter.
I was born in 1970 and grew up with the whole Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em series, and this show did not disappoint as it brought back those memories. There was laughter from the word go and the cast were amazing.
I did have my apprehension of the lead role being played by Joe Pasquale, but he was perfectly suited to the part because from the first moment he stepped on to the stage he captured the role of Frank Spencer so well. His comic timing was great, his expressions were amazing and he was a very good choice for the role.
The other main characters were also excellent. Sarah Earnshaw who plays Betty has a lot to put up with being married to Frank, but as in the TV series she deals with all his DIY mishaps exceptionally. Susie Blake who plays Betty’s Mother, Mrs Fisher, was hilarious, especially after having Frank’s mothers special homemade Prune wine!
Mory Treadwell who plays not one but two roles embraces the madness so well, from people being under the stairs, to chairs with only 3 legs! David Shaw-Parker as Father O’Hara swallows an apricot stone, and Frank in true form has to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre, what could possibly go wrong? Finally, Chris Kelly who plays a member of film crew and a constable pulls the whole story together.
The imaginative staging was great, you felt like you never missed a line, as the main stage was the lounge but when the mayhem moves to the kitchen. the wall opens up to show the taps shooting water out, the oven smoking or the kettle exploding.
This is a great piece of theatre, not only for the over 40’s to reminisce, but I hope a younger audience will look back at this beloved classic comedy and see what they are missing too. Well done to all involved, I took my parents who absolutely enjoyed every minute. It’s a fine example of classic British humour, and a great night out!
The show runs at the Ipswich Regent until Saturday 16th June, before continuing on tour with stops at the Norwich Theatre Royal, 10-14th July and the Southend Palace Theatre, 24-28th July.
For more information or to book visit somemothersdoaveem.com.