REVIEW – My Own Show, Royalty Theatre, until Saturday

Some of the cast of the latest play at the Royalty Theatre, Sunderland, 'My Own Show.' Pictured l-r are Christine Appleton, Lorna Breeze, Noram Dougherty and Dan Dickenson.
Some of the cast of the latest play at the Royalty Theatre, Sunderland, 'My Own Show.' Pictured l-r are Christine Appleton, Lorna Breeze, Noram Dougherty and Dan Dickenson.
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FICKLE friendships and the fame game are at the core of this female-driven play.

Ostensibly a satirical light-hearted comedy, it actually digs into deeper issues about mature women’s role in youth-hungry TV and the lengths people will go to for fifteen minutes in the spotlight.

It centres around four female friends who, like most women, are plagued by issues and woes. Top dog in the group is Fay, played very convincingly by Muriel Waine.

With her own daytime TV show Frankly Fay, and a host of material possessions, ice queen Fay sees herself as top of this female pecking order.

But snapping at her sparkly heels is Bollards (Christine Appleton) who harbours a shocking secret and a bucket load of ambition.

Bollards is perhaps the most interesting character of the piece and Appleton does a good job of gradually unravelling her persona on stage.

It’s very much a dialogue-led production with the action barely leaving Fay’s living room but it’s interesting to watch the interplay between these essentially unlikable characters.

The only character to which I really warmed was Bollard’s simple-minded son Allan. He was played with aplomb by Dan Dickinson who displayed a knack for comic timing and a flair for acting.

As the play progresses, Bollards encroaches more and more into Fay’s life and the latter is so obsessed with scraping back her ailing TV career that she barely notices.

But will Fay be able to claw back her career before the curtain closes on this catty play?

My Own Show runs at the Royalty Theatre until Saturday. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from 565 2000.

Katy Wheeler