Book By Ron Cowan & Daniel Lipman

Lyrics By Anthony Drewe

Music By George Stiles

 

NODA Review by Dee McIlroy

 

Utterly British 1940s musical with a wealth of eccentric characters in a touching and hilarious tale of small town post war intrigue. Concept wowed the appreciative select following in Abergavenny, with their latest production Betty Blue Eyes. Never was a show elevated from very good to outstanding based on its choreography as in this performance. Richard Thomas was Bob Fosse, with the most outstanding creative moves - absolutely brilliant, with precision work by this polished cast. There were some very good performances from every principal and cast member, as we are used to with this talented company.

The strange odd couple worked so well together, the master of comedy timing Paul Buckle as the evangelist chiropodist Gilbert Chivers, and his wife Joyce played brilliantly by Cat Bailie showing star quality on every move, they were a force together and Paul’s chiropody scene was a special highlight. Mr Wormold, Kristian Zgorzelski, gave life to this character as the obsessive destroyer of illegal meat with brilliant timing. Other parts well played, Helen Windsor as Mother Dear and Lisa Grace as the Puppeteer of the cute pig Betty Blue Eyes who was raised illegally for a civic banquet to celebrate the Royal Wedding when all the rest of the town had spam.

Original story was written by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray who created this hilarious and touching story.

Full of spivs bullies and snobs, a great night of comedy and nostalgia for all. Well done Concept.

 

"Never was a show elevated from very good to outstanding based on its choreography as in this performance. Richard Thomas was Bob Fosse, with the most outstanding creative moves"

NODA

Kristian as Wormold ~ "brilliant timing"