Just a Wonderful production

Mr Wonderful by St Joseph's Players
Mr Wonderful by St Joseph's Players

A beautifully crafted play full of spikey humour, surprises, and lovely moments is the latest offering from a Leigh theatre group.

St Joseph’s Players will present Mr Wonderful by James Robson, produced by Gabrielle Fitzsimons next month.

The story tells of Norma Green, a 45-year-old working class Mancunian conceals a desperate sense of wasted time beneath her strong willed but vulnerable exterior.

Working in a factory and caring for her bedridden mother who is on the verge of Alzheimer’s, she is trying to find her Mr Wonderful by using a dating agency. Things don’t go quite to plan as the stream of suitors try to woo poor Norma.

This brilliant play runs from Tuesday, October 16 to Saturday, October 20, tickets are £7 adults, 16 and under £4.

Advance tickets are available from Ratcliffes Bike Shop, Bradshawgate, Leigh or pay on the door on the night at St Joseph’s Concert Hall, Chapel St. Leigh.

l Terry Pratchett’s plays are an acquired taste and taking one on is a gamble, but St Joseph’s Players gamble paid off.

The three witches, played by Angela Grime, Katherine Roberts, and Clare Nash, guide us through the story of ‘who killed the king’. The only person who could take the throne would be the missing infant prince who, coincidentally, is being looked after by the three witches.

This leads us into an array of situations that finally ends in the young prince taking the throne, only to immediately abdicate, passing the throne to his unknown half-brother at which point the country ends up being ruled by a fool.

The fool played very well by Carl Hughes gave the piece a light hearted touch His scenes with Clare Nash were well delivered and proved even a fool can fall in love.

The play involved moments of singing and Michael Evans, who played Vitroller, an actor manager, gave us a rendition of A Wandering Minstrel which was a pure delight.

Sound, lighting and special effects, led by technical manager Gabrielle Fitzsimons, were used imaginatively to lead us into the many scenes that were changed in a time, and effective, manner.

The head appearing from the cauldron was impressive. The array of period costumes added to the authenticity of the piece, which was produced and directed, with the right amount of pathos and humour by Doreen Johnson.

The cast of 20 worked well together to present a good night of entertainment.

All the cast gave credible performances, which added to the enjoyment of the evening.

Paul Cohen (Critic) Bolton 
Amateur Theatre Society (BATS)

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