Review of Silver Gym at The Queen’s Theatre

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THE SILVER GYM IS A LAUGH A MINUTE COMEDY WRITTEN BY AND STARING OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING ACRESS NICOLA MCAULIFFE.

Set in a local gym where the regulars “don’t know their bench presses from their bus passes”, the ideas behind ‘The Silver Gym’ were originally written for television. Throughout the whole show there is a feeling of situation comedy, with people from a large mix of backgrounds all brought together by the community of a gym where they are not judged because of their differences.

Carol Sloman, Peter Straker, Nichola McAuliffe, Pauline Daniels, Kim Ismay

Nicola McAuliffe plays Stella, the highly motivated owner of The Silver Gym who dreams to transform all those in the Gym to Silver. She leads the way in the show but McAuliffe has not allowed the fact that she has written the show to take the focus away from other characters, I especially found the characters of Assieh (Susan Aderin), Violet (Suzanna Bygrave) and Franklyn (Peter Straker) extremely funny with their large range of jokes and one-liners.

Carol Sloman, Suzanna Bygrave, Susan Aderin, Nichola McAuliffe, Houmi Miura

The staging was a gym/office layout with the use of different lights to focus on different parts of the stage during the scenes. There was lots of fun to be had with props, such as dumbbells and benching, which was used to bring everyone together, all adding to the drama. The costumes were also fantastic, especially those in the 2nd half and by themselves the costumes had the power to bring fits of laughter to the audience.

Although some of the plot-points felt rushed, overall the show left me and the rest of the audience laughing and you’ll go home with a smile on your face

Assieh – Susan Aderin
Voice of Radio Presenter – Christopher Biggins
Violet – Suzanna Bygrave
Cerise – Pauline Daniels
Lysette – Kim Ismay
Stella – Nichola McAuliffe
Doucette – Houmi Miura
Casey – Carol Sloman
Franklyn – Peter Straker

Director – Glen Walford

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Photo credit – Mark Sepple

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