Reviewed by Janice Bailey
It was wonderful to be back at Noarlunga Theatre Company for the opening night of theirlatest production, “Dad’s Army”, based on the popular television show written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. “Dad’s Army” was a long-running sitcom about the Home Guardduring the Second World War. Stephen Lee continues to steer this successful communitytheatre, the enthusiastic opening night audience testament to his and others’ hard work and commitment to bringing theatre to the local community. Brady Gambling, as a first-time director, assembled a talented cast who obviously enjoyed working together.
The set worked very well and the adaptation of ‘episodes’ of a television show translated extremely well on stage. The show consists of three very funny episodes, ‘The Deadly Attachment’, ‘Mum’s Army’ and ‘The Godiva Affair.’
The cast, comprising a range of ages and varied experience, without exception, performed their roles convincingly and with enthusiasm. Notable performances included Stephen Popowski who certainly did justice to the role of Captain Mainwaring, Archie Barnes as the comical Scottish Private Frazer and Jake Johnson as the ingenuous Private Walker. It was good to see the delightful Linda Lawson ‘strutting her stuff’ in dual roles of Mrs Fox and Mrs Gray, in her debut at NTC. Congratulations to the whole Production Team and cast for a polished, well presented and thoroughly enjoyable show.
If you are a fan of ‘Dad’s Army’ or have never heard of it, I suggest you book your ticket for a great night of laughs and enjoyment at NTC.