Another day, another visit to one of my favourite theatres! Tonight was the turn of the Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch Production of Worst Wedding Ever.
This modern play is penned by Chris Chibnall, who is the creator of ITV’s Broadchurch and from 2018 will be Head Writer and Executive Producer of BBC’s Doctor Who, and this appears to be quite a step away from his most famed works. However he’s executed it with ease, and has created a very entertaining piece of theatre.
The story focuses around Rachel (Elisabeth Hopper) and Scott (Nav Sidhu), a couple in their late 20s who are about to get married. However, Rachel’s mother (Julia Hills) has other ideas. She would rather this be a flash wedding to be proud of – where the family come together with a marquee in the back garden, the pub band and two fully-functioning portable loos. Surely the day will pass without a hitch?
Or maybe not… this is a brilliant laugh-out-loud farcical comedy about preparations for a family wedding. With a few subtle touches on some relatable and hard-hitting issues too – which sharply but cleverly cuts the audiences laughter at times.
The cast was a delight, with quick wit and perfect comic timing. While there’s no mega stars involved, you may recognise at least one face from the cast thanks to their vast array of previous works. Most notably, I found Julia Hills have a Jennifer Saunders type quality to her character and I really enjoyed her part, and it’s hard not to empathise and adore the wild yet uncertain Alison (Elizabeth Cadwallader) too. However each person brought something exciting and purposeful to the story.
As for the set and costumes, majority was somewhat minimalistic; yet it worked perfectly. It was very imaginative and fitting for the piece. There was some great use of music too, often used to transition between scenes and was presented in the form of a live pub/wedding band – who gave renditions of some well-known hits like Jessie J’s Price Tag and many more!
Overall, I believe it had all the elements it was supposed to have with plenty of humour and elements of reliability. It made for a really fun and entertaining night out, and worth a watch for a few hours of light-heartedness!★★★
A nice little bonus was that on this particular show, there was a post show Q&A with the cast. This was a fun little insight into hearing their thoughts on certain things and their take on certain points of the show. It was particularly intriguing to see them go from their characters, to themselves. I also had the pleasure of asking a question – one about whether they read reviews of the shows their in (slightly ironic, I know) and it was actually really interesting to hear such differing views. However, as they rightly pointed out reviews are intended for the public in the hope of pulling in audiences – and we should support the arts! I hope I can attend more Q&A events in the future – I’d highly recommend them.
There’s just two shows left at the New Wolsey theatre, however it swiftly moves onto the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch next for two weeks. Keep your eyes out for what happens next for this fun production… For more information, see: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk / www.queens-theatre.co.uk.
That’s all for now folks – see you again soon!
♥ MOLLY THE BLOGGER ♥