Chandler’s Ford MDG Players successfully performed yet another comedy, Worth a Fortune, to a packed audience at the Methodist Church, from 26 – 28 March 2015. My son and I watched it last night and we were hugely impressed.
Hiltingbury resident Tom Whyte sent me his review of the comedy Worth a Fortune:
“With my wife and a couple of friends went to see the production of Worth a Fortune performed, to a packed house, by the MDG Players at the Methodist church in Chandler’s Ford.
We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an amusing farce about the web of deceit spun by Timothy, in need of money, to convinced his aunt to leave him a considerable legacy in her will and it had some really funny characters.”
“I particularly liked Walter, Tim’s uncle, played by Mike Standing, who gave a bravura performance but he did have some of the best lines. Also Lavinia, Tim’s ex-wife, played by Alison Baseley was very funny and she too had some good lines, which she delivered with aplomb.
The performers, all local amateurs, did a sterling job and as always I am surprised by how well they remembered their lines with very few slips. I look forward to their next production.”
Huge talents with MDG Players
The play was directed by Alison Standing.
MDG Players have huge talents and are always enjoyable to watch.
Margaret Smithson, who played Lady Astoria Featherstone, embodied grace, power, wisdom, and fragility, and she handled mix emotions beautifully.
No one could play the role of a vicar as convincingly as Richard Wright. Christine Slatcher and Mike Slatcher brought intimacy on stage, while my teenage son watched with embarrassment.
Congratulations to MDG Players. Thank you for bringing laughter to Chandler’s Ford to 500 people in the community over three nights.
Set design by Mike Standing was beautiful. Apart from acting, MDG Players are also renowned for their stage designs as they spend a lot of time preparing the stage for each production.
The cast also included superb performance by Helen Dunn (Lady Gertrude Synclaire) and Diana Harrison (Burrows, Lady Synclaire’s maid).
Note: I saw Lester Parry in the evening and wondered why he was not playing. Lester is famous for playing evil characters. He played Albie the Fence in Ladies of Iniquity last year (Do you remember H2 mob, the Hiltingbury Hooligans in that play?). Lester said the characters in Worth a Fortune were probably not evil enough for him.
About MDG Players
MDG Players is the longest-running amateur dramatics group in Chandler’s Ford.
The group is based at the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
The group celebrated its 50th golden anniversary in 2013.
MDG Players presents 2 plays every year, one in March or April and one in November.
MDG Players’ collection in November 2014 raised £270 for Children in Need.