Theatrical company the Chameleon Players have arrived at Kardomah 94 with a very compelling production called the Regina Monologues.
The production, which is masterfully directed by David Burton, is six stories in one, and is very well presented.
Cleverly written by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer with some very strong dialogue, it tells the stories of six women and the effect on their lives of relationships they have had with Henry.
Henry has a profound effect on all the ladies in question, mainly due to his bank balance and his sex drive which seems to rival James Bond as he moves from one to another to another again.
All seven characters are beautifully developed, and the characters that you see on stage are very well established early on, and Henry’s background is extremely well presented by the ladies.
Each monologue is an essential part of each story, in itself and the acting is thoroughly compelling, it doesn’t shy away from some challenging subjects, especially with Katie, who is wonderfully portrayed in exactly the right way by Mandy Timmins.
The effect on later characters from previous ones is beautifully communicated and really adds to the tapestry of the story, which is fantastically woven in front of your eyes.
There is comedy aplenty as well at regular intervals with some delicious one liners that the audience can’t help but enjoy. All the characters are absolutely believable in their own way, and each one is connected in more ways than one in some cases.
The way the story is presented is done with such clarity, and yet keeps asking questions of the audience and each character is masterfully written, directed and acted.
It would be so easy for the character of Henry to be dominant in a production like this, but that danger is easily avoided and the ladies very much have their own identities, which are clearly shown and move the story along at a fantastic pace.
Jane, played beautifully by Helen Robinson, is definitely one that you just want to hug on stage, such is her beautifully naive outlook on life, which is very well acted so as to leave no doubt about her story.
Cathy, played by Sharon Burton, and Annie, played by Louise Brown, genuinely have an effect on each other thanks to their superb acting.
Anna is slightly alternative in a very intriguing way, Miranda Van Rossum is superbly cast in this role, and she carries it off with wicked humour that will tickle your ribs wonderfully well.
Katherine, played by Ailsa Oliver, is the genuine gold digger in the autumn of life, but she does it with just the right blend of sarcasm, practicality and with one eye on what’s to happen after Henry is no longer around without any hint of patronising behaviour.
The original music is also perfectly presented, thanks to the efforts of Maurice Houlden.
Tickets are £6, £5 for concessions, and still available at Kardomah 94 on Alfred Gelder Street or ring (01482) 317941, there are shows on Thursday and Friday at 8pm.