Riotous comedy in a spy thriller surprise

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Review - The 39 Steps by Sleaford Little Theatre

Words of social media such as OMG and LOL spring to mind when watching the theatre group’s latest production of the Hitchcock spy thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow.

Having images of Robert Powell and Ruper Penry-Jones in mind, little did I expect the riotous spoof which unfolded.

The quick-fire scenes were tremendous with action and superb acting, led by Andy Canadine as Richard Hannay, and Joanne Moules as the frustrated Pamela.

I welcome less familiar faces Andy Barton who was hilarious as the suspicious crofter and Dunwoody, as well as perfect Kirsty Brown the crofter’s young wife Margaret whose head is turned by Hannay.

The minimal but intricate set worked marvellously - the multi-purpose door, windows and furniture enabled much of the visual comedy and I cannot sign off without mentioning the applause earned by Sadie and the Silver Girls song and dance group.

One of the best things I have seen for a while - well done Sleaford Little Theatre.