reviews & comments
Our summer production of Saving Face has received many positive comments. Read what people said about their experience of the show.
What a great show! Subtle points stayed with me to think about – at the time I was too busy laughing and wondering what would happen next. The relationships protrayed were touching too – I welled up more than once. Really enjoyed the songs, which enhanced the themes of the writing.
Funny, poignant, dialogue that flows with original songs that naturally fit in. ‘Saving Face’ is a creative delight while addressing important issues around identity. The writing talent of Alison Parkes is worth a wider audience albeit the direction, production and acting by the Lavenham Players set a high bar.
Such an interesting play
Utterly engaging and absorbing, entertaining and thought provoking. I hope there is opportunity to see further productions of Saving Face.
Laughter and tears - what more do you want from an evening?! Tackling challenging themes of owning one's identity - and breasts! - with sensitivity and humour, this play was a triumph! Great acting and beautiful, poignant, or raucous songs brought each character to life, the ingenious set enhancing a brilliant production.
So impressed! Some truly touching moments.
The duet between Derek and Marge, "Out of Love", brought tears to my eyes, and "Dream-maker" was beautiful. I loved how the script developed the theme of change and appearance and identity and the dilemma between moving on or holding onto the past... very fine work.
A night to remember
An extremely well written play that combined humour and pathos very effectively. Well directed and performed; the cast were able to bring it to life and provide a really entertaining and thought provoking evening for the audience. The careful use of original songs supported the pace and helped to reinforce it's impact.
Thank you to all concerned for making this a night to remember.
Two women in thrall of 'powerful' men.
A brilliant work from Alison Parkes. Two women, under the thumb of apparently powerful men whom we do not see, are driven through an arc that leads each to despair. Clever touches of comedy too, and songs that lift the drama to another level. Excellent cast, music and set.
There's a smile on my face!
Absorbing story line, excellent acting, & the cherry on the cake was the songs, beautifully sung. Made my day!
So proud of my wonderful cousin Alison for writing this amazing play and the actors were brilliant as were the songs. This play needs to be seen in London!! Loved it 🥰
A really good production of this original play in our lovely Monks Eleigh village hall. The 3 actors did an amazing job. Looking forward to the next production.
A new play for everyone
Saving Face, brilliantly performed, very well written, something in it for everyone to identify with.
Marge on Tim
"I met Tim at that conference too. He seems to have been shadowing the whole of our marriage. It's just that - I don't know - I feel as though I'm the one who's been changing in this marriage, and Derek, well, Derek's just stayed the same..."
Nigel sings out
"The show must go on or so they say
It's all just theatre anyway
So let the music play
Let your worries fade
Let the sunshine in
Let the show begin."
"That's what you want, isn't it Billy?
Don't worry, I don't expect you to come in, I know you hate hospitals.
It's the smell of them, isn't it?
You do love me, Billy?