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Nil By Mouth 2013

"Nil By Mouth"
HDYT presents Nil By Mouth

Dynamo’s next show will be the acclaimed comedy by John Chapman “Nil By Mouth” performances are from the 4th September to the 7th 2013. Ticket prices £8, concessions £6 available from the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant 023 9247 2700 www.thespring.co.uk. We hope to see you there.

Nil By Mouth

Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre Havant Hampshire

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Irresistibly watchable hospital based farce

At a time when over 3,000 complaints a week are made by hospital patients, John Chapman’s hilarious comedy could not be more appropriate.  Set at the weekend in the under-staffed under-funded St Christopher’s NHS hospital, this highly amusing farce is a catalogue of disasters from mistaken identities to wrongful diagnosis!  Utter confusion ensues with wards named after poets, patients with poet’s names and an unscheduled hospital assessment inspection right up to the imaginatively choreographed curtain call.

Graham Frost’s impressive set of cubicle curtained hospital beds and well sourced props that include bleeping screen, mobile drip-feed and flashing alarm alongside accurate costumes give great authenticity to the comedy.  Under the direction of founder Andrew Bowker, this hugely talented fledgling cast of 12, though not exactly restoring our faith in the NHS, positively provided the best medicine ~ in the form of non stop laughter.  These sixth-formers, now about to embark on their future adventures, university et al, have amassed a wealth of confidence and commitment during their years with this impressive youth theatre group, consistently encouraged and nurtured by a large energetic support crew.

A capacity crowd enjoyed this very funny production with special mention for Lizzie Brewster (who also co directed) who remained motionless virtually throughout as the ill-fated Miss Taplow ~ a remarkable feat.  Callum Cairrns excelled as the elderly long-suffering doctor of divinity Dr Hilary Keats, married to the incessantly vocal Evelyn so admirably played by Ellie Weaver who gave voice to much demented chatter!  Zack Cuthbertson clearly relished his role as the dishy flustered doctor and fine performances too from the nurses Jess Barnes (Nurse Dolores) with Amy Larham (Sister Downing) and Claire Copeland (Sister Roughton) mimicking strong realistic accents.

There is much to commend this young cast who should feel justly proud of the comic mileage teased out from their brilliant production of this modern medical farce and I wish them well on their chosen future paths.

Jill Lawrie

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