‘Losing Louis’, May 2012

Losing Louis

Michael sent us this on Friday morning after watching the Thursday evening performance…

“My wife and I went to see Losing Louis last night . This was our first despite living in the village for 30 odd years. We really enjoyed the play, it was hilarious. It certainly won’t be our last visit. Well done to the cast. “

Jackie emailed us to say..

“I just had to email you and tell you how much we loved ‘Losing Louis’ – we came on Thursday which we never do, usually on a Friday, but this time round Thursday was the only night we could make. I wish I could have come all three nights, it was so funny, and sometimes sad at the same time, but definitely up there with the best you have ever done.

Keep up the good work, we love all the plays you do and are already looking forward to the next one in October. ”

From Lynn

“I would just like to say how much my husband and I enjoyed Losing Louis. We thought that the cast was excellent as well as the backstage support.

A thoroughtly enjoyable evening which left us with plenty to talk about!”

Alan J says…

“Its the first time that my partner and I had been to a local theatrical event like ‘Losing Louis’ but we both enjoyed immensely. We look forward to your next event in October.”

Sent from Jo H direct to Joe Maher…

“Came home straight after the play so didn’t see you to say congratulations on a truly excellent production! I enjoyed it so much – an excellent play performed brilliantly. My only complaint is that I missed some lines because I was laughing so much! You must be so pleased – and deservedly so. “

Review from Nova Horley of NODA….

“Another good production from this Society – who seem to keep improving all the time.

Losing Louis is a difficult piece to stage but I liked the way the blackouts were kept to the very minimum time-wise and the time shift noted by the change of ornaments.

The set was nicely constructed and worked well. I liked the choice of music it gave a good feel for the two different periods of the setting, and the sound effects cut in well to the action, very well done.

The first scene was very striking – it could have been rather sleazy, but was both funny and light, so it couldn’t cause any sort of offence. I thought Julie O’Shea as Bella was particularly good in that scene!

Ryan Goodland played the Louis of the title, and gave it some good contrasts, but I felt he was a little too accepting of the situation with his wife and Bella. However the two ladies in his life were both very good in their own ways, and I liked what they did with their parts.

Julie gave the part of Bella interest, whilst managing to keep the refinement needed to make the contrast with Bobbie.

On her first appearance when she was in bed – I would have liked Sara Payne as Bobbie to have projected a little more, but after that her diction was always clear, despite the accent, which was well-maintained throughout.

One couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for Bobbie, whilst acknowledging that she was a little strange in her outlook, and maybe even conniving and devious in her dealings with Bella, and her subsequent taking over of Bella’s child as if it were her own. All very nicely acted out – and believable.

The two sons and their wives were very good pairings, good contrasts and dimensions.

I particularly liked Robin Langer as Tony – it was nice to see him in a different sort of part, and he proved that he has the comic timing required. Robin interacted well with the lovely Sarah Brindley, who was brimming over with laughter and depth of understanding for her rather common character Sheila, a lovely performance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Irene Morris as Elizabeth, the rather more upper class wife of the other brother Reggie (who turned out to be Bella’s son), was very classy and sophisticated which was an excellent foil to the others, with Steve Leadbetter playing Reggie. The scenes between him and Robin were well-acted, and they maintained their different character traits well.

The scene about the clock was hilarious, as was the later scene where they were telling the joke – very funny, and I laughed a lot.

So – another good evening’s entertainment – and fairly healthy audience numbers even on the first night, so hope it was as successful financially as it was in terms of achievement and enjoyment. ”

Rob and Colleen from Camberly (yes, our audience comes from far and wide!) said…


Rob and I had the pleasure of seeing “Losing Louis” with our St Albans pals, Valerie and Malcolm Proudley, on the Friday evening. It was an excellent production! We would like to commend everybody who was involved in the production, but, most especially, the cast.

We all thought that the acting was brilliant – as good as any we would expect to see on a London stage. It was blatantly obvious from the reactions of the audience that the feel good factor was second to none and that many of the amusing lines and scenarios were extremely well-received. What a shame that we could not bottle the laughter!

Our sincere congratulations to all of you who played a part in the production of such a wonderful play. We are only sorry that all of our family and friends were not with us to marvel at your superb production. Many thanks for a wonderful evening from two Camberley residents.”