Thursday, 9 November 2017

Review: Awful Auntie at Milton Keynes Theatre

Written by David Walliams as one of his series of books for children. Adapted by Neal Foster. Starring Timothy Speyer as Aunt Alberta. Georgina Leonidas as Stella Saxby and Ashley Cousins as Soot.

They were ably supported by Richard James as Gibbon, Peter Mistyyoph as detective Strauss and Roberta Bellekom as Wagner the Owl (a large puppet).

This was a great and enjoyable evening of much humour, and also slightly naughty humour, portayed with great enthusiasm by this small cast. The acting and diction by all was excellent, the sound quality as always was very good and clear. The stage set was most imaginative, with the four revolving and moving towers portraying the four turrets of the old stately home “Saxby Hall”.

These turrets became the cellar, the kitchen and the various rooms of the house and even the roof, simply by revolving Stella and the ghost Soot travelled up and down within the turrets to the action within the different rooms in the old house.

The chase with the Rolls Royce and motorbike on stage around the turrets was well carried out too. Apart from the fun and humour there was a good degree of suspense as to whether Aunt Alberta would get her evil way or just deserts.

A most excellent evening entertainment and highly recommended for all the family.

Many thanks to all concerned in this production.

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