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May/June 2008
'Silly Cow' by Ben Elton

By Lorraine Parker - Friday, June 6, 2008


I’M quite relieved I have only good things to say about Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s (CAODS) production of Silly Cow.

And all those who attended the opening night at Trinity Theatre will know why.

I thought this dramatic Ben Elton piece was very competently tackled by a talented five-man cast and, bar the profuse swearing, the production seemed to go down well with both young and old.
Though this production probably brought my profession down a further few notches in the eyes of the public, it was energetic and well-rehearsed.

It is always a tell-tale sign of a good production when twists and turns in the script shock the audience and I think it’s fair to say this was true of Silly Cow.

Though the first half was a little slow to get started, the explosive second half more than made up for it.

Fiona Gwinnett gave a hugely energetic performance as the libellous and self-absorbed journalist Doris Wallis. Amber Beard was excellent as the initially meek and mild personal assistant Peggy, while Peter Stockman was similarly impressive as Doris’s prospective editor, Sidney.

Highlights for me were the performances of Ralph Edermaniger as sensitive and reserved accountant Douglas and Gareth Davies, who debuted as the cringeworthy chav, Eduardo.

Ralph was highly convincing in his role and showed great acting ability, while Gareth showed his diverse acting ability in what must have been a difficult part to play.

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