Review: The Vicar of Dibley with Everyman’s Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival.

Review: The Vicar of Dibley with Everyman’s Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival.

I adore The Vicar of
Dibley, I always used to watch it with my Dad and we’d laugh, cry and
sigh together as the crazy bunch of characters formed bonds and
learnt to love each other despite their difficulties. Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival were brave to take on such a well loved sitcom
and I was excited to see how they would tackle the characters, the
set and the storyline.

As ever, their
perfect little world of theatre opened up early to provide us thirsty
audience members with drinks and there’s even the chance to enjoy a
tasty burger from ? Before the show or during the interval. The staff
were on hand every step of the way, smiling and passionate about the
festival; it was wonderful to be warmly welcomed and their seating
areas were themed perfectly to match the production…

The stage was set
with different areas for different scenes and I think it worked very
well indeed; the flow between scenes worked perfectly and it was easy
to follow the story and scene changes. The costumes were in-line with
the TV sitcom, and I particularly loved the various jumpers and
cardigans sported by Geraldine Granger (Fiona Porter-Smith).

The story follows
Geraldine as she embarks on a new adventure as the Vicar of Dibley, a
quaint town full of various quirky characters. The cast as a whole
were fantastic, from Jim Trott’s (Wayne Vincent)
‘no-no-no-no-no-no-yes’s’ to Letitia Cropley’s (Bella Kemble) weird
and wonderful food concoctions, there’s no end of giggles to this
performance.

I thought Fiona
Porter-Smith did a fantastic job of portraying Geraldine, offering
the right balance of humour and sentiment. I loved her presence on
stage and her interaction with the other characters, I especially
loved how her relationship developed with David Horton (Neil Davies);
they had a connection and the closing scene was incredibly sweet
between the two of them. 

I thought Sophie
Lewis was amazing as Alice Tinker. She was cute and kooky, and her
relationship with Hugo Horton (Edward Kettle) was adorable. There’s a
lot of talent between these two, and Alice was played in such a way
that I just wanted to be friends with her! She really held my
attention, as did Hugo.

Without question,
the person that stole the show for me was Stephen Lurvey’s portrayal
of Owen Newitt. He was unbelievably hilarious, and his potty mouth
left me in stitches. His voice, accent, mannerisms and performance
were faultless and Warren and I both agreed he was incredibly funny
and his punchlines were perfectly timed and delivered. He was
amazing!

The show was funny
and heart-warming, it dipped from laugh out loud moments to more
thoughtful aspects of the story, and the audience responded well to
it all. I think if you’re a fan of the TV show then you’ll have an
awesome night with the people of Dibley and Everyman Theatre.

The show runs until
15th July 2017, so book your tickets now!

Disclosure: I
received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest
and my own.

2 Comments

  1. 7th July 2017 / 7:53 am

    Sounds just as good as Spamalot, the opening show at the festival. At this rate, I'll be going to see them all!!!

  2. Anonymous
    7th July 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Going to see it next weekend, cant wait..

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