‘Plays and Wine’ are huge success at Academy

Linlithgow Players present 'Plays and Wine' 2014 season
Linlithgow Players present 'Plays and Wine' 2014 season
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The Linlithgow Players “Plays & Wine” evening has proved a popular format for many years and once again produced a sell-out performance

This year’s theme was ‘food’ and the evening started off with “Nightshade with Hemlock” a two-hander set in a restaurant. Sue Vizard & Alasdair Maciver were most convincing as a married couple celebrating their anniversary.

The first act concluded with the short Monty Python “Dirty Fork” sketch with John Barker making a surprise appearance from backstage to play the manic chef.

The second act started with an amusing piece performed by the Falkirk Writers Circle. John Freebairn played a lecherous computer dater with Morven Mack as his hapless intended victim.

Barbara Innes & Lorna Irving then starred in “Cupboard Love” playing two amateur chefs describing the gourmet meals they prepared for their boyfriends.

“A Twist of Lemon” was next up where two pensioners, well played by David Wotherspoon & Jacki Gargaro, sat on a seafront bench whilst discussing impending retirement.

The highlight of the evening was the Fawlty Towers episode “Waldorf Salad”. As the curtain opened Sybil (Judy Barker) was engaging a bored guest (Craig Lowe) in conversation while waiting staff bustled behind them. Basil (Ray Myers) then had his first argument with guests.

When the Hamiltons arrive, (Brian Peebles and Suzanne Cleland) after the restaurant has closed, the whole play spiralled into manic disaster.