Theatre review: An actor’s life leads to an early grave! (Sleaford Little Theatre’s Laying The Ghost)

The Cast of Laying The Ghost production by Sleaford Little Theatre. EMN-170329-164524001
The Cast of Laying The Ghost production by Sleaford Little Theatre. EMN-170329-164524001

Sleaford Little Theatre’s latest offering was their spring production ‘Laying The Ghost’, an amusing comedy written by actor-turned-writer Simon Williams.

Modernised, this play is set in a retirement home for actors, with Jane Guest doing an admirable job as the lead character - cynical ex-actress Margot Buchanan. She unfalteringly commanded the stage and her lines for the whole play, with barely a break, ably supported by Linda Mallett as her psychic friend Freda Deacon, who drew the best of the laughs with her jigsaw of The Full Monty as she searched for the rude bits.

Other key supporting characters were Margot’s ex-husband Sir Leo Buchanan, another successful actor who courts controversy - and women, played by Tony Gordon, and young actress Sadie Croft well played by Emma Albuixech. Tony Gordon was suitably caddish, and, amusingly, a little put out when he finds himself dead from a heart attack brought on by the stress of having three women arguing over him. Thankfully he puts things right and reconciles with all of them. But not before the hilarity of Craig Pakes bounding in as a kissogram!