MANSFIELD Music and Dramatic Society (MMuDS) presented the first performance of their newly formed youth drama group the Actor Factory last weekend at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC).
Director and writer Sandy Mackinnon and Producer Dallas Daniel work with 26 students each Monday after school on all aspects of theatre production, with the play ‘The Major and The Miner’, written by Sandy Mackinnon, being their premiere show.
Around half the students took to the stage for their first show, with the rest doing production and backstage work, and they will swap over for their next show later in the year.
The Major and The Miner was a very funny and well-acted play in the style of a traditional pantomime and music hall melodrama, with the audience cheering the goodies and booing the baddies.
Narrator Tristan Stevenson did an excellent job and excelled in the sound of his own voice, but had to put up with heckling from planted audience member Naomi Mielnich, interruptions from an all singing, all dancing character (played by Sammy Hardiman), who swept across the stage at every opportunity, and strong armed tactics from policemen Star Leiber and Annie Edwards.
Playing Major General Pomphrey Popham in a wonderfully pompous performance was Fergus Paterson, while Emshia Howlett as his beutiful daughter Gwendolyn Goodchild was superb throughout.