REVIEW Diamonds Are For Trevor

21
November
2019

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REVIEW Diamonds Are For Trevor

There are levels of professionalism that the Cheriton Players achieve every time they put on a show… and then they go and reach the summit of Everest with this one.

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Right from the off when you saw Pratt (David Cradduck) and realised he was the cleaner, not a spy, you knew this was going to be different. (David also excelled as the Duke of Edinburgh later…)

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Imagine if you will a stage play that also has a film which interweaves throughout (Director of Photography: Jim Glaister.)

The characters even run out of the Village Hall only to then appear on a film screen at the back of the set. The film took five months to create – and my word it shows. Lord knows how many times my old clapperboard had to be waved in front of the camera.

The whole technical efforts are not only achieved but excelled.

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The plot is simple… The Queen is kidnapped through a sinister collaboration between Donald Trumpet (Mike Cornter) and Vladimir Putitov – superbly played by John Weston.

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(Mike Corner as Trumpet. The hat is there for a reason, as you’ll discover.)

Hat’s off too to Tracey Anderson who excels as Bond girl Fanny Stravaganza.

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All your favourite Bond characters are there, including M – have a look at Rebecca Leadley’s face here as she takes another phone call suggesting “what is it now?!!”

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There are also plenty of opportunities for character acting including the delightful Mr and Mrs Slobby (Tim and Jan Conway) – and I loved everything that Paul McTaggart was involved with – including his fantastic ‘Burly Chassis’ portrayal in the title sequence. He just seems to grow and glow with every show.

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Yes, there’s even a Bond-like title sequence. Waving hands, versions of songs favourites… it’s all there.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, which I won’t spoil – but one of the best is represented by Charlie Hellard’s facial expression as shown here, and what then happens to the Vicar (Craig Robb).

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Suffice to say that you will never look at a corgi in the same way again either (!)

There were a few moments when the on-stage set changes saw the audience a little quiet, but it only added to the anticipation of what was to come next, and they were delighted when the actors came back.

Director Helena Gomm even has a cameo role in the film.

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Helena asked special permission of the author Simon Tytherleigh to rewrite the script to bring it up to date with characters that we could identify with right now (anyone actually remember one of the original characters Fred the Shred? – exactly). I’m absolutely sure that if Simon was to see this production, he would be thoroughly approving of what the Cheriton Players have achieved.

Epic.

Kevin Gover

Images: Craig Robertson