Testudo's 'The Boyfriend' Review

PUBLISHED: 14:58 01 October 2010

Characters from The Boy Friend.

Characters from The Boy Friend.


I recently got the chance to see the Testudo Players’ production of The Boyfriend, directed and produced by Mary Bowles and Debbie Bradley with musical director Mick Redston and choreographer Andre Pick, writes Sara Perry.

The show takes place at Madame Dubonnet’s Finishing School on the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Conscious of her father's warning to beware of boys dating her for her family’s money, Polly pretends to be just a secretary. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly's parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst. It turns out that Lord and Lady Brockhurst are in fact Tony’s wealthy parents. Polly and Tony have shared the same secret – they both come from wealthy families. However, everyone ends up living happily ever after.

It’s a fluffy, fun and cutesie show with memorable songs such as I could be happy with you, Sur La Plage and, of course, The Boyfriend.

The cast, although small, gave a lively performance with their snappy song and dance routines and some actually had me believing that I had been transported back in time to the roaring ’20s, so good their portrayal of character.

Primrose Bigwood played the role of Polly, the millionaire’s daughter and, together with Alex Hall (Tony), they gave a soft and gentle representation of blossoming romance.

Lauren Weber acted well as Madame Dubonnets secretary ‘Hortense’, pulling off the French accent with flair and Ollie and Ellie Harris both gave energetic performances of Maisie and Bobby, both lighting up the stage with their rendition of Won’t you Charleston with me. They had such sparkling chemistry that one would never have known they were brother and sister.

Although the majority of the cast were in their teens, it was great to see some familiar, more mature, faces up there, adding some experience to the team, such as Phil Christmas and Liz Redston who took the roles of Madame Dubonnet and Percivel Brown, the old lovers from way back who are reunited.

Liz showed off beautiful soprano tuning throughout and I especially enjoyed her duet with Primrose of Poor Little Pirouette.

I think my favourite coupling was that of the ‘Brockhursts’ played by Jim Cleverley and Alison Kinch who had me falling off my seat with laughter and I particularly loved Jim’s duet of It’s never too late with Wendy Haines (Dulcie), who had been perfectly cast for the role.

On the whole, this was a colourful show well worth watching and again Testudos did Seaton proud.

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