THE thing I love about the Plantagenet Players amateur theatre group is their energy.
No matter what the topic of the show is and no matter if someone keeps stumbling on their lines, everyone up on stage wants to be there.
You can see their passion for theatre blazing in their eyes and as an audience member, it is really enjoyable to watch people do what they love.
Sure, there’s a few fourth-wall breaks, prompt-prompting and cheeky winks to family members, but that’s what makes a Plantagenet Players performance special.
It’s their trademark.
Don’t get me wrong – I love theatre shows with all the bells and whistles, but there’s something about a group of people from all corners of the community, getting together to have a laugh, dress-up and just have fun.
That was exactly the case on Friday night when I jumped in the car for an evening trip to Mt Barker to watch Hatches, Matches, Dispatches (and other life snatches!).
Now, I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this production.
I’m pretty hard to impress but the Players had done so before, so I had my fingers crossed that I was in for a good night.
Well, I think the laughter flowing through the crowd around me answered that question.
In traditional Players fashion, the show was comprised of multiple skits, some short and some long.
Each joke was well thought-out with some punchlines weaving through an entire segment before cleverly tying up.
What I love most about shows like this is that, no matter what’s going on in your life, you can rely on the Players to keep you entertained and laughing for a couple of hours.
The theatre itself has a warm and welcoming atmosphere about it, and, of course, you can’t miss the light supper at half-time.
I don’t know what it is about country folk, but they always put on a scrumptious spread of homemade tucker.
It’s the country touch.
If you want to get in on the action, the Players have two more performances this weekend, November 8 and 9, at 8pm.
Get in quick to secure the last few seats by calling 0447 656 105 or by popping into Bub 2 Mum on Lowood Road.