REVIEW: Up ‘n’ Under at Louth Riverhead Theatre

IN typical Godber fashion, Up ‘n’ Under is bursting with humour whilst looking at the most un-comical situations.

Arthur Hoyle, played by new comer Richard Lyon, bets his life savings that he can coach the Wheatsheaf Arms, the worst team in the rugby league sevens, to beat the best and most feared team, the Cobbler’s Arms.

However, as Arthur trains the Wheatsheafs it becomes clear that he has a lot of work to do if he wants to keep his money.

Another new-comer to the Playgoers stage is Rob Bishop, who played the role of Phil Hopley, a teacher who thinks he’s better than he actually is.

Rob gave a superb performance and you never know that he only joined the cast two weeks ago to fill in for another cast member that unfortunately had to pull out at the last moment. Jamie Harris gave an exceptional performance as Frank Rowley, a recently divorced butcher who hates the life of a singleton.

He also showed off his musical talents by leading the quartets and singing to his himself too. Philip Marshal also gave a brilliant performance as Tony Burtoft, the youngest and most sarcastic member of the Wheatsheafs.

In contrast to most of the Playgoers plays, there was no set apart and, in true Godber fashion, the scenes relied upon just a few, well used, props and lighting techniques to set the scene. One of the best scenes was Phil’s nightmare, where it is just Phil, centre stage, and the lights turn from a blue wash to an electric red as he relives the nightmare; Simplistic, yet so very, very effective.

The rugby scenes were also staged well, with cast members multi-rolling and the action taking place in slow motion.

This unique production is one not to miss.

The show runs from Monday April 16 to Saturday April 21. Tickets available from the box office (open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm): 01507 600350.

Review by Kat Norton.