REVIEW: No Fat Juliets - The Dukes, Lancaster

Sue McCormick (Beth Morrison) and Robert Whelan (Bill Morrison) in No Fat Juliets which runs at The Dukes
Sue McCormick (Beth Morrison) and Robert Whelan (Bill Morrison) in No Fat Juliets which runs at The Dukes
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Hell hath no fury like an over-sized actress overlooked once too often for those big roles. . .

Sue McCormick takes her revenge in this self-penned play, a bumper bundle of a tale, set in the Lake District, invoking the spirits of the romantic poets and even throwing in some energetically-produced songs. The latter provide the undoubted highlights of a show that maybe has a little too much to get off its chest and ends up obscuring its notion that a profession that has embraced colourblind casting now needs to do the same for the fuller-figured.

The showstopper has to be Fat Girl Blues, but it also underlines the uneven nature of much of the rest of the production.

Sue McCormick gifts five larger-than-life characters to the rest of the cast but seems too content to underplay her own role.

Louie Ingham directs it
all with some appropriate
theatrical flourishes, and there are just enough crowd-pleasing moments to make for an engaging two-hour performance, climaxing at
the moment that the show’s star enjoys a dead poet’s society!

No Fat Juliets plays at The Dukes in Lancaster until October 12. For tickets call (01524) 598500 or go to www.
dukes-lancaster.org

David Upton