SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
"Perish the Baubles!"
She Stoops To Conquer
by Oliver Goldsmith
A rumbustious Restoration comedy full of exuberant fun, unlikely plots and mistaken identities. Manners and attitudes provide social comedy in this bawdy Brighton version with plenty of local references. Full of philandering fops, delicious dandys and flirty females dans daring décolletage. Big wigs galore, drunken pigs and more!
Cast includes Brighton & Hove based actors:
Stephanie Prince, Jim Madden & Sarah Mann
By arrangement with Brighton & Hove Council
“ She Stoops To Conquer ”
(16th July – 3rd Aug 2008)
Venue: The Scented Garden, St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove
Reviewer: Barrie Jerram
Publication: The Argus Monday July 21st 2008
Conquering the elements – and yobs
One has to admire the doggedness of companies like Incisor who take on the vagaries of the English Summer to mount outdoor productions.
Not only having to battle with the wind and the rain, they also have to contend with screeching seagulls and, on this occasion, with expletives hurled over the hedge from passing yobs.
In this adaptation of Goldsmith’s great comedy of misunderstanding, the location having been moved to Hassocks allows local in-jokes. It also provides a running gag each time the place is mentioned.
The play revolves around the visit of Charles Marlow to the house of Mr Hardcastle, a country squire. Having been tricked into believing that the house was an inn he blunders on treating his host as a landlord and his daughter, Kate, as a barmaid. Believing her to be of lowly station he is able to overcome his painful shyness when conversing with ladies of his own class and pursues her ardently.
This rumbustious production makes good use of the garden setting and is full of hilarity and interaction with the audience who were determined as the excellent cast to enjoy themselves despite the inclement weather.
Sarah Mann is truly comic as the scheming Mrs Hardcastle while Laurie Jameson makes an impressive professional debut as the mischievous Tony Lumpkin.
Kate in the hands of Stephanie Prince is a delightful creature full of fun and coquettishness. Her pretence at playing the barmaid showed off her comedic skills.
Samantha Kidd and Duncan Armitage make an amusing double act as the lovers Miss Neville and Mr Hastings.
Both give slightly camp performances with Kidd’s interpretation of a more predatory female contrasting well with the sweet niceness of Kate. Armitage, adopting an amusing lisp, sets up a lavatorial joke with the word riddle. Read it in The Argus ...