Last Tango in Grimsargh
Grimsargh Village Hall
Locals packed the Village Hall to welcome the conquering heroes return with their trophies from the Preston One-Act Play Competition and perform the winning entry Last Tango in Grimsargh by David Tristram (Best Play), directed by Mary Jones (Best Director).
The first half of the evening comprised a series of comedy sketches and monologues followed by tea and cakes (and ale) before the main event of the evening.
David Tristram is one of Britain’s leading comedy playwrights and Last Tango is hilarious from start to finish.
The Little Grimsargh Players are on the verge of extinction. Joyce, the star struck secretary (Louise Ashcroft), wants to do ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ so she can sing a song but there are only four members left and one of those, Bernard Chris Turner, is the set builder who refuses too act.
They face eviction for non-payment of rent and bookings for the last play were sparse.
Then Gordon, the chairman George Mackin has a great idea. The one thing that will sell tickets, he says, is sex, so he will write a sexy comedy and advertise it with a warning that ‘strong language and partial nudity may offend some people’. This, says Gordon, ‘will bring the punters flocking in’.
Margaret (Marie Gorman) declares she is not prepared to expose prominent parts of her naked body for the titillation of paying voyeurs but Gordon convinces her that that won’t be necessary on the night as no one will dare to complain if she doesn’t.
Needless to say, Gordon is right, the play is a great success, Joyce sings her song, and the society is saved,
The dialogue throughout is sharp and witty and the acting as good as any professional company. The Grimsargh Players well deserve their success.