The fabulous Creative Cow played to a packed and very excited house on the opening night of their current tour of Sheridan’s The Rivals.
The atmosphere was buzzing as The Cow’s growing fan base knew they were in for a treat. And they were not disappointed! A simple yet beautifully designed set complimented the plain, white, female costumes. (With the delightful exception of the poster-famous Malaprop striped stockings!). The whole thing is a feast for the eye.
The direction is as inspired and as choreographic as we have come to expect from the amazing Amanda Knott and the script offers just the right kind of variety of scene to let her talents fly.
We’ve seen Katherine Senior’s comic genius before, as Mrs Sparsit in Hard Times but here she shines, dropping her Malapropisms with masterly timing and hilarious effect.
Kate Sharp as Julia and Lucy and Harvey Robinson as Fag, Faulkland and Sir Lucius O’Trigger bring all of the professionalism and searing talent that you would expect from players of their pedigree and Jack Hulland is stolid as Sir Anthony and bonkers as Bob Acres - to the delight of all. Lucy Theobold from the Cygnet Training Theatre stable makes an impressive debut in her first time with The Cows.
It was also a huge joy that The Rivals offers such a great vehicle for the talents of Jonathan Parish. Always a generous and versatile actor, in this show Jonathan rules as Captain Jack Absolute, complete with exciting sword-work, masterly ‘dashing’ and cute asides.
The whole thing is packed with visual treats, bubbly fun, and cheeky winks. All this and young bottoms in white pantaloons. Really, what more would anyone ask for? Check out the Tour details and don’t miss it. They’ll be near you soon!
JoJo Spinks is a Westcountry writer deeply in love with her landscape and her life!
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