Melodrama finale a barrel of laughs

Two well-known, one-act plays were well received at this year’s Two Wells Melodrama Group’s comedy night in what is becoming an annual event for the group.

Delivering their third comedy night in four years, TWMG president, Lance Morgan, said the November 15 event exceeded expectations, with nearly 120 people sitting down to an enjoyable evening of strong performances, laughs and shared supper.

“It was a brilliant night and exceeded our expectations,” Lance commented.

“The shared platter was good as people mingled and we were pleased to support two stage debuts, who both did a terrific job.”

The night kicked off with the 1972 play “Housekeeper Wanted”, which was directed by Kay Boon and followed the story of Victor, who needs someone to cook and clean his house for him after his wife leaves, but gets more than he expects and ends up with less than he hoped for.

During the intermission, stand up comedian, Fresh FM radio presenter and local stage performer, Ben Harvey, also gave a crowd-pleasing routine, which had the audience chuckling long after he left the stage.

The second act for the evening was the 1963 play “Burnt Offering”, which was directed by Anne Arbon and featured a widow who won the lottery using her deceased husbands secret method, but even before the winnings are banked others are planning to spend it for her.

Robyn Ford and Sonia Post, who both normally have roles in the kitchen and orchestra respectively at TWMG’s annual performance, took to the stage for the first time at this year’s event and gave strong performances.

TWMG is now gearing up for its annual performance in May 2015, with dates for the shows yet to be confirmed. Watch this space.

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