Michael Aitken’s crackling comedy Waiting for God was our first production since the coronavirus pandemic effectively grounded us in Spring 2000. It played to full houses in October 2022 and seems to have gone down a treat. The production was reviewed in the November 2020 edition of Little Gaddesden’s Parish News and, with the kind permission of the author and editors, we reproduce the review here in full:
AN APPRECIATION OF LITTLE GADDESDEN DRAMA CLUB.
The Drama Club’s latest production was eagerly anticipated, much needed, certainly appreciated and well worth waiting for: A superb production of Michael Aitken’s “Waiting for God” lit up the Village Hall and the local consensus seems to be agreed: “They played a blinder!”
From the choice of the play; current, relevant, topical and above all, blisteringly funny and much needed after the dark months of lockdown and a somewhat frightening world out there. Everything about the production was wonderful: the actors, all of whom seemed to grab their roles with such aplomb and evident enjoyment, were absolute perfection. Comedy is harder to play than drama and the comic timing was superb and the issues covered, relating to ageing, the expectations of others, the indignities of failing health were covered comprehensively but with a light, comedic touch. The cast made it look effortless.
The music was utterly inspired and even the nineteen(!) scene changes were choreographed to perfection, actually enhancing, rather than interrupting the proceedings and executed with extraordinary skill. The production, the direction and all the skilled club members supporting the production can be justly proud of themselves, it works so well thanks to all the constituent parts beavering away together. L.G.D.C. how we have missed you! And what better way of reminding us than to rock back with such a brilliant bang! The hard work, skills, commitment and sheer talent are much appreciated.
I’m sure that I also speak for so many others when I say, that when you have got over this one, we are really looking forward to your next production! Thank you.