'The Real Inspector Hound'
by Tom Stoppard
7:30pm Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th September, 2012
Felpham Village Hall
7:30pm Saturday 6th October 2012
Pagham Village Hall
Directed by Philip Amor
The Real Inspector Hound is a hilarious one-act play by Tom Stoppard.
Two self-obsessed theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, find they have blundered out of the auditorium and into the plot of the hackneyed whodunit they have come to review. Mist rolls off the marshes, telephone lines are cut, a mad murderer is on the run, and the critics’ worlds converge with the twists of the murder-mystery’s plot. As the lines between the real and the imagined become blurred, suddenly nothing is quite what it seems.
The play was presented cabaret style with supper after the play and finished with a very humorous monologue by Philip Amor.
The Real Inspector Hound
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Friday 6th October 2012
Venue: Pagham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Philip Amor
This was a very unusual piece of theatre performed by eight highly proficient people. The story, written by Tom Stoppard, concerned two theatre critics watching a production and ending up being part of the play. The two critics Trevor Roman and Clive Curtis (Birdfoot and Moon) spent the first half sitting on stage at the back whilst the cast performed to them leaving the audience feeling they were back stage on-lookers. The transition from critic to part of the cast was very smoothly and cleverly enacted by bringing them down into the audience for the second half and turning the set round in its entirety. This was done quietly, efficiently and very quickly without an interval. They then swopped places with Peter Green (Inspector Hound) and Doug Hammond (Simon). Both these played their parts well, Peter providing enormous entertainment with a superb entrance. He was outrageously costumed and having been disrobed of his outer clothing by Sandy Knight (Mrs Drudge), pranced around the stage in a manic and hilarious manner. Mrs Drudge shone in her performance as the house keeper suitably attired with excellent mannerisms, accent and great timing making the most of every comedy line. Deborah Amor gave a great performance as Cynthia, the widow, OTT at every opportunity casting herself on most of the men. Deborah Addicott as Felicity provided complete contrast as the hard done by, ill used competition for the male affections. Paul Taylor (Magnus) was the dark horse whose total transformation, at the end of the show, left the audience wondering who was who and what was it all about. After a Fish and Chip supper Philip Amor performed a great monologue as a Russian Immigrant struggling with the oddities of the British language and way of life. He maintained his accent exceedingly well causing much merriment poking fun at the problems any foreigner is likely to have to contend with in this country.