One Man, Two Guvnors

Brighton and Hove Arts Council 2019 Drama Awards Success!

In her summary of our show, adjudicator Kate Dyson, was fulsome in her praise for One Man,Two Guvnors. She remarked that she had come to the show with some trepidation –

How could an amateur theatre company manage all the technical and performing skills that the National Theatre achieved?

But she was delighted to say that  “ HTC did It !” and she had been forced to eat her words!

She went on to praise the set designed by Ian Henham, which was “ambitious and amazing”, the scenes which featured Alfie, played by Trevor Hodgson, constantly falling down stairs were “hilarious” and the overall production was “fantastic”..

Stand out performances were Stanley Stubbers, played by Ian Henham, who she described as a perfect toff,  Francis played by Jamie Collins and Rachel played by Izzy Bishop.

Her closing comment was - “ Watch out National Theatre!”

HTC’s One Man,Two Guvnors was nominated in the following categories:

  • Best costume Design - Lyn Fryer and Hazel Cawte
  • Best Stage Crew
  • Best supporting actor - Ian Henham
  • Best actress - Izzy Bishop
  • Best actor - Jamie Collins
  • Best Technical Achievement
  • Best director - Peter Ingledew
  • Most Ambitious Production 

We were the winners of  Best Stage Crew,  Best Actress, Best Technical Achievement, and The Arthur Churchill Award for Excellence.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean - A NODA review by Mark Hall

CONGRATULATIONS to the cast and crew of One Man,Two Guvnors for their success in the recent Brighton and Hove Arts Council 2019 Drama Awards!

Nominated in 8 out of the 15 categories, we came away with 4 awards - Best Stage Crew, Best Actress, Best Technical Achievement, and the Arthur Churchill Award for Excellence

One Man, Two Guv’nor's found fame in the West End and on Broadway via James Corden. It is a clever mix of pantomime, slapstick, farce and downright silliness. Brilliantly scripted with a simple story based on The Servant of Two Masters written by Carlo Goldoni in 1743. Set in Brighton in 1963, Francis is hired by Roscoe’s twin sister, Rachel, following his murder, by Rachel’s fiancé, Stanley, in order to collect on the arrangement of marriage to Pauline, daughter of Charlie “The Duck” (with me so far). Pauline has fallen in love with Alan, an actor, who is the son of Charlie’s lawyer, Harry. Whilst in Brighton, Francis gets hired by Stanley and hilarity ensues as he somewhat successfully, keeps his two employers apart and from finding out about each other.
Comedic plays are only as good as the actors on the stage and director Peter Ingledew must be delighted with his casting. His clever direction must be commended as, despite the intricate relationships between all the characters, there was never a moment's confusion as to what was happening on stage.
The scene changes were covered by a live skiffle band. Whether by accident or design, the speakers had a crackle to them which made it sound like a 1960s wireless and very authentic. I appreciate the need to cover scene changes and the music was a nice touch, however, it felt a little protracted at times and, given the number of set changes, slowed the otherwise excellent pace of the script.
Jamie Collins took the role of Francis and played it to perfection. His physical acting and stage presence knows no bounds and his interaction with the audience was impeccable. He has a comic timing most can only dream of and his portrayal of Paddy had me crying with laughter.
Charlie, played by Graeme Muncer was every inch the gangster whilst his intellectually challenged daughter, Pauline, was brilliantly portrayed by Victoria Barker.
Izzy Bishop was brilliant as Roscoe, I mean Rachel Crabbe and Ian Henham as Stanley gave a commanding and clever performance.
Dale Shucksmith as Alan was perfectly over the top, a stereotypical actor and Dolly, Charlies Bookkeeper, was fantastically played by Karen Blunden.
Alfie, played by Trevor Hodgson, was flawless and strong performances were also given by John Colt as Lloyd, and Ken Jones as Gareth.
All on stage were exceptional, but it would be remiss not to appreciate the work by those unseen by the audience. The lighting was simple but effective, the costumes were of the right period and suited each character as did the properties and the set designs were wonderful.
My only other gripe was the final song which, with no individual mics, meant that the cast was unable to sufficiently project over the band to the back of the theatre. All other times, the lines and dialogue were delivered clearly and consciously. All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable production which left me laughing all the way home.