By the gods, look what the goat dragged in by the knackers! Never did I see such a pitiful aggregation of sweat-soaked, grovelling jobbards!
General Braggadocio is a pompous and lecherous bully who makes life miserable for all around him. His enslaved concubine and a quick-thinking servant join forces in a bid to escape his household and teach him a lesson he will never forget. With the help of a randy old magistrate, a mischievous pet monkey and an imaginary visitor from Greece, they play upon the General’s many vices and vanities as they attempt to regain their freedom and return home.
Loosely based on Miles Glorious by Plautus, Vice Versa is a madcap, farcical, feel-good comedy from multi-award-winning playwright Phil Porter, produced for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford in 2017 for their “Rome” season.
It was the South Coast’s answer to the Academy Awards.
A sold out crowd of 500 thespians, crew and theatre lovers gathered for Hampshire’s own Oscars, the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards.
Although, sadley, they didn't win, the following nominations were made for members of the Bursledon Players:
Gemma Mabeley – Director of How The Other Half Loves, Bursledon Players. A debut that managed to coax convincing performances from all the cast.
Gemma Mabley – Pike in Dad’s Army, Bursledon Players. Very endearing, particularly in devotion to Cpt Mainwaring.
Julie Bowring – Mary in How the Other Half Loves, Bursledon Players. Meekness personified.
More than 400 guests from the best in Hampshire’s amateur theatrical world turned out at St Mary’s Stadium to celebrate the Daily Echo Annual Curtain Call Awards.
Amongst the winners this year is our very own Richard Calver who was awarded “Best Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama” for his role as Julian Whittle, the tourist guide, in Fish Out of Water.