Acorn Antiques - The Musical. Broadlands School, Keynsham 7/10
KIDS just love to have fun – and never more so than when they are taking a parody pop at those predictably stuffy adults. This Victoria Wood spoof presents an ideal opportunity for a thriving amateur group like Keynsham Youth Theatre to make mischief and music with all inhibitions cast aside.
What was originally presented on television as a sketchy comic sideswipe at daytime sitcom blossoms with the introduction of song and dance which in turn both mocks and salutes a host of stage musicals.
In a production that is as infectious as it is wacky it would be easy to overdue the deliberately laboured jokes and intentional mis-timings but Graeme Savage's direction keeps the cast on the right side of overkill – just.
The shopkeepers of Manchesterford are all threatened by takeovers from corporate franchises when their rents are suddenly hiked. Leading the fight against big business are the quaint antiques dealers Miss Babs and Miss Bertha and the most ancient of their treasures the doddery macaroon-making housekeeper Mrs Overall.
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Lydia Stevens, all varicose veins, bendy back and floral pinnie, presents a comic gem as Mrs O the bumbling Brummie who takes on the world armed with a sharp tongue and a tea tray.
Rose Hanney-Davis, Tilly Ellis and Verity Brunwin prove a formidable threesome as the triplets Babs, Bertha and Bonnie and Ross Peters is impressive as the shop's co-owner Mr Clifford, particularly in his solo Clifford's Anthem.
The concept of presenting the tale as a musical within a musical is ditched by dropping the original first act, which makes some of the later references confusing.
The production continues until Saturday.