For the third night on the trot, Mrs. Mabel Green and her ‘home-grown musical’ managed to inspire a standing ovation from a sell out audience at The Corner on Stoney Street, even in the sweltering heat.
The brain child of Television Workshop graduates Nic Harvey and Ben Welch; Mrs. Mabel Green is a wise old lady with a heart of gold, and love of marjurana. Having written music for all the soul greats throughout the swinging sixties, and sung backing vocals with a group that “were so much better than The Supremes”, Mrs. Green has quite the back catalogue of music, performed expertly by a musical cast.
A cast brimming with singing talent, Mabel is not the only character to steal the show. Vivian De Wilde proves quite the chalk to Mabel’s cheese. Sassy, bold and brash she is a powerhouse of soul and a force to be reckoned with on stage. Far more subtle, but no less impactful is Gregg, the self-doubting PCSO. Finally, a firm favourite with the Nottingham audience was Scott, the local lad with a troubled love life.
The stage production was both simple and intimate offering a unique theatre going experience. With the audience almost a part of the set, it became easy to get swept up in the toe-tapping soundtrack. Each original piece of music fitting neatly into a well crafted story, this is an original and memorable piece of theatre that is a credit to the team behind it.
Tonight’s final performance is also sold out, but the cast are off to conquer the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Following that, the cast and crew are hoping to bring the tour back home. To find out when and where follow the journey on twitter.