The Best Little Nightclub in Chorley

Best Little Nightclub

Cast:

Julie Cowell, Lynn Harley, Ed Cunningham, Peter Grey, Denise Ashe, Neil Clarkson, Deborah Astley,

Matthew Aze, Jenni Hann, Chloe Taylor, Lois Howard, Aby Hardy

Noda Review

This is a new company. only formed in the last 12 months and this was their first main production. Again this was new !

Inventive use of the “Amphitheatre” facilities at Runshaw College, where entrances, exits and lighting were used well … and although the set was limited, it gave all that was needed to create the right atmosphere.

With clever use of simple costumes to depict the era ,there was real attention to detail, from Top to Toe and Glasses to Gloves .

The antics of two Cleaners “Dolly” (Julie Cowell) & “Maggie”(Lynn Harley) had the audience totally engaged and at times rolling in the aisles ! Although both were as different as “Chalk & Cheese” upheld their Characters’ throughout, projection of lines and diction was very good. Overall it was very well rehearsed and slick, and each number was choreographed well.

It was obvious that all the cast were enjoying it ,and hopefully they will succeed in all their future performances.

Well done to Ed Cunningham for this imaginative and well written piece.

Play Synopsis

The show tells the history of the fictional ‘Regal Nightclub’ through the eyes of its two dysfunctional cleaners Dolly and Maggie.

This comedic play includes musical interludes from Glenn Miller, Connie Francis, Elvis, The Beatles, Pet Shop Boys, Village People, Spice Girls, Grease, Lady Gaga, Glee and Rocky Horror all with fabulous dancers.

Dolly used to be the ‘star’ of the Chorley Working Men’s Club scene. Since her demise, 20 years on, she is still bold, brash and at times crude. She cuts a lonely figure on stage. Clad in in her lipstick, old stage clothes and high heels, she mops up the remnants of the current club-goers. Maggie is her alter ego; a shy, mousey woman who covers for Dolly’s lack of work. Initially Dolly is the dominant force in this relationship but as the play progresses both their insecurities are revealed and their need for one another becomes apparent.