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Di & Viv & Rose by Amelia Bullmore
By Alex Hughes - Friday Feb 5th, 2016
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)
A HUMOROUS yet emotional story came to Trinity Theatre, Cowes, as Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (CAODS) performed Amelia Bullmore's Di and Viv and Rose.
The play follows three women as they live together at university and as they try to maintain their friendship over the next 16 years.
The cast managed to swing from light-hearted banter about boys and bickering about chores to heart-rending emotional crises with ease, brilliantly capturing the ups and down of adolescence.
Fiona Gwinnett put in a strong performance as Rose, skilfully capturing her character's carefree nature and the complex issues behind it.
Most of the heavyweight material was given to Di, played by Rebecca Lennon, who handled it with empathy and really moved the audience.
Amber Bourne was brilliant as a deadpan and sardonic Viv, delivering her lines with perfect comic timing.
The relationship between the three actresses was very convincing, and one many women who have lived with other females will easily relate to.
Credit must also go to director John Plumbly for helping to draw out these performances and utilising the stage to the full to produce an engaging production.
The play was underpinned by a fabulous soundtrack, including songs from an eclectic selection of artists such as Dire Straits, Queen, The Mavericks and the Spice Girls.
CAODS production of Di and Viv and Rose manages to inspire a range emotions, bringing the audience to tears of laughter and sadness.