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Digby Dynamo's

posted 8 Feb 2010, 11:21 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Feb 2010, 11:31 ]

Wycliffe Drama Group never fail to rise to a challenge and their latest production, Digby Dynamos, certainly maintains the tradition in fine style.  Not for them the easy option of choosing a well-known play by a world famous author, with a small cast of experienced actors.  Digby Dynamos, written and directed by group member Graham Smith, includes a cast of twenty-two, eleven of whom are children, each with a distinct character to develop.

The story tells of a group of boys who are unable to get into their local school football team, and so decides to start their own.  After a disastrous 7-0 thrashing they quickly appreciate their need for a coach and approach a local tramp that is rumoured to have been a professional in years gone by.  Reluctantly he agrees and soon helps them to achieve a string of good results to win the local cup competition.  The play concludes poignantly with the death of the coach, who by now has won respect in the community that had previously viewed him with contempt.
It is tempting to dwell on fine individual performances from Sophie Hack, Jacob Smith, Harry Wood, Tom David, David Jackson, Charlie Hack, Nick Rigo, Joe Hack, Paul Jones, Bethany Newark and Madeline Kerslake, who all deserved star billing, but first and foremost this was a team performance and as a team they were just great.
Similarly fine performances came from the more experienced players.  Paul Jackson, Jacquie Denson, Sally Wilcox, Richard Holyoak, Hazel Spencer, Gary Long, Gary Hack, Russ Crooks and Sylvia Smith provided great support to the team, but special mention should be made of Keith Parkin (a worryingly believable tramp), and Debra Mott, who incredibly took over the part of Georgie Smith with only four days’ notice and produced a truly fine debut performance.
This was an imaginative production, which cleverly achieved an involving presentation of events not easily set on a theatre stage, to the obvious enjoyment of an enthusiastic audience.  Well done, Wycliffe!