Daisy Pulls it Off
Reviewed – 8th December 2017
“filled to the brim with fun, frolics and is ideal for adults and children alike. Truly spiffing!”
Written by Denise Deegan in 1980, Daisy Pulls It Off follows Daisy Meredith as she becomes the first scholarship student to attend the prestigious Grangewood School for Girls. In this parody of 1920s schoolgirl novels, Daisy must overcome prejudice and snobbery from some of her wealthier peers in a bid to uncover missing treasure and save her new school.
The cast is made up of seven diverse adult actors who, as well as playing the schoolgirls, take on other roles such as school teachers and Daisy’s mother. The exceptions to this are Anna Shaffer (Daisy) and Pauline McLynn (Daisy’s newfound best friend, Trixie), who play the same roles throughout.
In terms of comic timing, the entire cast are spot on and deliver the witty script to almost constant laughter from the audience. This does mean the occasional word is lost, but it does not affect the overall delivery or understanding of the piece. Those actors who portray multiple characters do so very well, with effective physical and vocal differences delivered. Lucy Eaton (Alice/Miss Gibson) and Freddie Hutchins (Belinda/Mr Scoblowski) particularly stand out in the portrayal of their contrasting characters.
The set is basic, consisting of a black and white chalkboard-style theme and wooden chairs. However, as the schoolgirls flock the stage in their brightly coloured pinafores, the focus is immediately on them. The contrast between their colourful costumes and the lack of colour in the set works well visually. Another element that works effectively is the fact the cast move the set, consisting of wooden chairs, chalkboards and a wooden staircase, on and off stage themselves, whilst in character. This allows for minimal distraction, whilst allowing the production to flow well.
If you’re after some entertainment this festive season, look no further than Daisy Pulls It Off. Director Paulette Randall’s production is filled to the brim with fun, frolics and is ideal for adults and children alike. Truly spiffing!
Reviewed by Emily K Neal
Photography by Tomas Turpie
Daisy Pulls it Off
is at the Park Theatre until 13th January 2017