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January/February 2016

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.