The Card at the New Vic Theatre
They have done it again…the first time around seeing Arnold Bennet’s adaptation of The Card by Deborah McAndrew was pure genius!
This time around the play moved from its first showing by Claybody Theatre at Fenton Town Hall, in 2022, to the round and is set in the fabulous surroundings of the New Vic – a theatre which provided even more amplification to what is a most joyous play.
Gareth Cassidy again was flawless as Denry Machin switching from one scene to the next providing humour at every turn.
Howard Chadwick is equally hilarious and true in each character played – especially Mrs Machin – scenes which had the audience in uproar – and me in tears with laughter!
A sea storm, pony and cart ride and a local football scene were in themselves unforgettable along with ‘Denry’s’ many bright ideas, job roles and love affairs.
Denry himself was a washerwoman’s son and despite humble beginnings he pushed forward to enjoy a life he wanted to live and grasped opportunities every step of the way set in the fictionalised Stoke-on-Trent created by Arnold Bennet.
One of Denry’s loves is ‘The Countess of Chell’ – played superbly by Molly Roberts once again with Jessica Dyas equally as fabulous as another love ‘Ruth Earp’.
Mention must also go to some of the best brass band sounds and vocals which bellowed throughout the auditorium, not forgetting the audience participation with special guest appearances – on this occasion from Edward and Pauline – watch out if you sit on the front row – you could be helping sailors at sea!
This is a play seen twice by myself and as once again left me wanting me to watch again…
A comedy creation you don’t want to miss and will never forget…
An evening of laughter and fun shared with ‘friends’ as Denry would say! What more can you ask for…
No doubt about it – 5 stars and more!
The card is at the New Vic Theatre until Saturday 10 June. More information here