Blithe Spirit

Audiences moved by the spirit of comedy

The Academy Theatre in Gainford has been rocked with laughter once again by Gainford Drama Club’s 150th production – Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.  The play is a brave choice as it is a difficult play to pull off.  Not only do the leading actors have large parts to learn but they also have to maintain dialogue with characters that are invisible to others. Timing is so crucial when one of the threesome are not supposed to be there and this was pretty much spot on. Costumes as always were very good with the ghostly pale grey very effective.  An attractive set and period music set the scene with a good rhythm as the plot developed which became more comfortable as the play progressed.


The production showcases Gainford’s ability to retain talent, with John Robinson as the sceptical Dr Bradman, and to introduce new blood, with Michelle Hope making a promising stage debut as Mrs Bradman. Maria Lowcock as Madame Arcati displays a chirpy enthusiasm for the occult with an accomplished performance reminiscent of Margaret Rutherford in the role. Also new to the Club although not to the stage, Josephine Longstaff delivers a charming performance as the moody and mischievous ghost Elvira whilst Fiona Minay was convincing as Ruth, coping with several costume changes and bouts of hysteria.  Iris Hillery had the audience chuckling in the cameo role of maid Edith.


Allan Jones has delivered an entertaining production as Director and a sound acting performance as author Charles’ complacency is undermined by his current and former wives.  The audience as ever enjoyed it as it was up to the normal high standards, demonstrating the hard work that has gone into it.

Performances continue at 7.30 pm from Wednesday 25th March to Saturday 28th March – telephone the Ticket Information Line 01325 730485 or visit the Facebook page Gainford Drama Club.

Play readings will commence after Easter for the Autumn production and new members are welcome.