Christmas has come early to Little Common, courtesy of the ever-creative Bright Lights Theatre Company and a cracker of a festive revue entitled Pull the Other One.
It would be difficult to define the exact nature of this confection, being richly-textured layers of saucy sketch liberally spiced with dashes of one-line entrance-and-exit humour and incorporating no less than two mini-pantomimes.
Bright Lights devotees packing Little Common Methodist Church Hall were delighted to see guest appearances by veterans John Bryant and Jean Elphick plus Pam Gates.
They augmented a talented cast comprising Sally Gander, Petra Holland, Sue Hughes, Jenny Nightingale, Marie Rayner, Lynn Riggs, Louise Rogers, Celia Taylor, Jo Webster, Katie Webster and Kate West and Dick Coomber, Alan Gates, Gil James, Pete Riggs, Neil Trimby and Luke Webster.
Highlights included Kate and Marie’s Chav Nativity, the ageless story re-told via the fractured vowels of two mobile-toting sink estate single mums. Revving Up For Christmas brought the first half to a side-splitting close as Queen’s Speech time in the old folks’ home saw the geriatric Dick and Marie astride a motorbike to the singing of Born to be Wild.
And then they let Bright Lights Infants’ loose on us with a Christmas Pageant. With Luke as the long-suffering but ever confident (sic) headmaster and compere, the entire company joined in this glorious parody of primary school festive fare. Here, as Jack climbed (or didn’t quite) his beanstalk, were the thumb-suckers, the wave-to-nan brigade, the toppling scenery, the shouted cues, the toe-curlingly shy and the scene-stealers.
It was Bright Lights at its best and the Winter Wonderland Finale closed the curtains on a production which demonstrated this amateur company’s consummate skill. It’s not easy. But they do it so well. By John Dowling.
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