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50 Shades of Beige


Performed at The Room Upstairs, Palace Theatre, Redditch
11th and 13th Feb 2016

and

Artrix Studio, Bromsgrove
20th - 21st Feb 2016

Written and Directed by Roger Goddard


Tom is determined to grow old disgracefully.  Ensconced in a private nursing home, his romantic attentions are focussed on Norma, a fellow patient but the course of true love never runs smoothly in this poignant but uplifting comedy.

Principal Cast

Character

Performed by

Tom Holmes David Healing
Bill Greenwood Ken Messenger
Joy Peters Vanessa Morgan
Anne Wilson Anja Parkes
Norma Burrows Joy Williamson
David Holmes David Berrisford
Joanna Holmes Ruth Messenger

Reviews


THERE were plenty of laughs, and almost as many thoughtful silences, as a capacity crowd watched Roger Goddard’s new poignant comedy 50 Shades of Beige at the Upstairs Room at Redditch’s Palace Theatre.
The show is centred around a host of wonderful colourful characters residing in the fictional Autumn Leaves Nursing Home and the interactions between them.
But, in what you would expect to be a slowed down setting, there is plenty of fast-paced comedy and quick-witted one-liners and visual gags delivered excellently by a talented cast. The key to good comedy is interesting and well thought-out characters and 50 Shades of Beige has them in abundance.
There is the formidable – and somewhat bossy – Joy Peters, played excellently by Vanessa Morgan, and the forgetful Norma Burrows portrayed equally well by Joy Williamson.
Kind and considerate nurse Anne Wilson (Anja Parkes) and the clever and relatively sensible Bill Greenwood (Ken Messenger) also held places in the hearts of those watching.
But the audience’s hearts and the show itself was stolen by charming lovable Lothario Tom Holmes – who, played magnificently by David Healing, went on the biggest roller-coaster of a journey. For the majority, Tom was out to have fun and lived for laughter, but it was his small gestures that made the most poignant moments in this thought-provoking comedy.
Because of the setting, the intimate and ‘homely’ Room Upstairs was perfect for this show but it would not have been out of place on a bigger stage and, when you watch it, you feel more people should get a chance to see this excellent production.

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