Sometimes a sequel or another story that contains the same characters can be a let down. This is not the case with Martin Blackburn’s Bitches Ahoy! the follow up piece to his Alright Bitches performed last year at the same venue.
This is a very funny and witty comedy where there is not a dull moment throughout the entire performance. The cast are so in tune with each other that the gags they deliver come quick and fast and are uttered with a bitchy crispness that is hilarious. The 5 actors have great comic timing and understand how to play comedy especially when the perfect execution of farce is required. In a true homage to the Carry On films there is plenty of smut., innuendo and an entire sequence in the play where the use of metaphor mainly based on sailing vernacular is woven into the script. The conversations between the characters is very believable and Blackburns clever use of ‘scene with scene’ is directed by Andrew Beckett with skill and flair.
The story which also tackles the qualms involved in handling relationships sees two couples. Patrice and Pam, played by Simon Burr and Hannah Vesty , she is smitten by Patrice but little does she know , all it not what it seems and Ethan Chapples as Garth with Chris Clynes as Drew taking a gay cruise courtesy of cabin steward discount played with a wonderful arrogance by Lucas Livesey as Max who basically only has his friends best interests at heart.
His character also delivers some of the best put downs and one liners , brilliant stuff, Mr Livesey knows how to get a laugh and is clearly relishing his role..Additional praise has to also be laid at the feet of Miss Vesty who is without a doubt one of the best comedy actresses I’ve seen in recent months , a natural comedienne.
As the plot unfolds , there is high drama, high jinx and raised passions all on the high sea, A wonderful way to spend an evening at a theatre that continues to stage productions that are well worth the price of the ticket with Alright Bitches getting a very firm and nautical ‘Aye Aye Captain’ from me. i strongly suggest acquiring your boarding pass immediately . Great fun.
The play finishes on the 26th February.