Enjoyable, well acted and frivolous

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Salad Days - Lowther Pavilion

Lytham Amateur Operatic Society could hardly choose a more summery musical for their August production.

Written in 1954 by Julian Slade, with very English words by Dorothy Reynolds, it entranced the West End by its sheer frivolity, but subsequently mystified American audiences in a short Broadway run.

Director Barbara Butcher wisely stresses the Englishness of the piece, with Shaun Couchman and Bethany Raynor each a bit tongue-tied and gawky as the young maybe-maybe-not lovers.

The plot is a series of cameos and here Mike Bamford, a comic PC Boot, Chris Dodd, the genial tramp and Peter Hall as eccentric Uncle Zed are right on the money.

Debbie Couchman, Una Bird and Mandy Hall sing excellently, but the sustained star turn is the wonderfully expressive mime by Charlotte Ellis as Troppo.

Many in the audience felt that having the band, somewhat mystifyingly, in the middle of the stage, with musical director Margot Wright singing along to the songs, and very visibly conducting was a major distraction.

This show is very much of its day and the Society’s next production, of Carmen in April, will show their vocal talents more fully.

Continues until Saturday