of Dibley Parish Council
Left to right: Owen Newitt (Ian McDonald); Geraldine Granger (Leanne
Neave); Hugo Horton (John Harrod); David Horton (Bob McClenning);
Frank Pickle (David Atkinson); Jim Trott (Pete Harrold); Letitia Cropley
Alice Tinker played by Colleen Giacomelli
The other member of the cast was: The
Woman (Wendy Ellis);
Assistant Director: Sonia Corke
Producer: Tracey Hobbs
Stage Manager: Nancy Adams
Set Design: Alan Carpenter
by Sue Dupont
Carpenter told me that there were five new members in this play, and
how well he did drawing the team together into a very united group and
so well cast: difficult to follow on from a TV series; I am not a regular
follower of the programme but could recognise all the traits and characters.
I must say that the set was very good in creating the atmosphere and
backing the episodes of the story. Certainly that split set worked and
was well furnished: realised that the stage not quite wide enough for
each scene to be complete without some movement of furniture, and the
team were obviously well rehearsed and knew what to do quickly.
As Geraldine, Leanne Neave rose to the occasion of her big role, a huge
part to learn and to characterise and to interact with all her parishioners;
she had excellent timing and drew out the humour, looked good, and was
indeed a very strong focal point of the action.
Around the table in the Parish meeting, Bob McClenning was ideal as
David Horton, a dream part for the right person, he wanted to rule the
roost and he did with bluster and force, very dominating. And the roles
of Jim Trott (Peter Harrold) dithering with his ‘no,no,no’
and that very messy and would-be Lothario Owen from Ian MacDonald, plus
the secretary meticulously annoying Frank Pickle of David Atkinson were
all so well drawn and portrayed from the series and balanced in style
and type, interactions excellent, very good cameo characters. Cathey
Rix as Letitia had much less to add to the story in this script, and
the knitting did not seem to grow over the weeks!
The lovers (into wedding) were both new to me and certainly John Harrod
as Hugo and Colleen Giacomelli as Alice established a really good build
up in story and character and relationship, the vibes were good between
them. Hugo worked well with being dominated by his father, accepting
advice from Vicar, and yet continuing with his purpose of pursuing Alice
whilst she was all that would drive one wild even though naïve
and loving, this pair worked. And of course Alice had this relationship
with the Vicar and the total negativity of common-sense or understanding
the humour in life, and the scene about the wedding dress!
The episodes chosen worked as a complete play, the second half much
funnier than the first which had to set up the characters and the situations,
a good evening out and much enjoyed by the audience.