Review: Stags and Hens, Nottingham New Theatre
STAGS and Hens is a romp of beered-up bawdiness and snapshot of pre-wedding doubts.
It’s Friday night, 1977 and Liverpool’s finest lads and ‘tarts’ are on the town; and on the pull.
Set in the ladies and gents of the worst dive in town, leopard and zebra skin backdrop to boot, the plot builds as the audience is treated to the exuberant energy and caricatured genius of the 12-strong cast.
The ensemble at The Nottingham New Theatre gelled beautifully and it’s difficult to pick out any members of this stellar cast. The audience laughed out loud throughout and with every reason. Accents held fast for the majority, but where they briefly slipped, the characters didn’t.
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Maureen, played by Amy Brough-Aiken gave a gem of a performance and attracted attention both in laughter and tears.
Female lead Linda, or Aimee Gaudin, was well cast and understatedly bold and beguiling throughout.
The beery Robbie, or Tom Dineen, gave a thoroughly convincing performance of an affable misogynist and was a treat to watch and Ed Colwell, playing Billy, was just fabulous!
Jamie Prentis, as Eddy, unflinchingly turned the comedy into moving drama with a depth to be commended; decorating the show with an extra layer of depth.
Well done to music and lights for the beautifully timed door to the bar every time!
I am painfully aware that every review I write of the New Theatre is in praise and never criticism but that’s because something very special is happening on campus at Nottingham University. The plethora of talent just doesn’t fail to please.
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