By KTB Music, Sep 16 2016 12:09PM
Wow, what a night. Upon entering Turpin Green Methodist Church Hall, we immediately felt we had stepped into middle-age England. Leyland Methodist Music & Drama group had thrown themselves head over heels into plague infected times, even the raffle tickets were themed (personally, I was rooting to win the box of Spam on the raffle). Everything, all evening was just brilliant.
It was very hot inside the hall, but no one seemed to mind because almost every line onstage drew laughter from the audience. Spamalot is outrageous and it was the confident and enthusiastic delivery of the cast that enabled the audience to relax in such a hot atmosphere.
Individual cast members and characters can’t be named, purely because everyone and everything was so fantastic. Harmonies and melodies were negotiated skilfully all round. The staging was perfect: two turrets on each side of the stage enabled easy access for surprising entries from the actors, and later the stage manager. The scenery was changed in such a slick, professional manner, you had to keep blinking to remind yourself you weren’t in a west end theatre. The cast moved from scene to scene with grace, and there was barely a moment for the audience to catch their breath.
To say my face is aching this morning from the laughter is an understatement – I had tears in my eyes from laughing when the final singalong of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side’ commenced. And sadly, tears remained and grew when the notice that the show was dedicated to John Sangster was displayed at the end.
Well done, Leyland Methodist Music & Drama Group. And thank you. Thank you for an evening of fun, laughter and singing.