“Owen,” “Jim” and “Hugo” do their Dibley best at Murwillumbah.
“Owen,” “Jim” and “Hugo” do their Dibley best at Murwillumbah. Karen Harper

Vicar of Dibley debuts

THE VICAR of Dibley bounced on to the stage last Friday for the debut production by the Murwillumbah Theatre Company.

She and her fellow thespians lived every inch up to expectations, with the audience chuckling from start to finish.

The production based on the TV series of the same name saw local actors take on the voices and mannerisms of characters like David, the arrogant landowner, Hugo, his lovable and dopey son, the delightfully inane and zany Alice and 'no, no, no, no...yes..Jim."

They were very convincing and at times had the audience wondering if the "real' characters hadn't slipped in to the roles.

The vicar's role is not an easy one with a multitude of lines, leaving little wonder as to why she said "duck me" at one stage in the production.

"Geraldine" managed to convey that air of crudity wrapped in honey as she delivered some quite saucy narrative at times.

"Owen" was brilliant and similarly managed to describe his bowel movements in a way that had the audience in stitches, while Hugo played the sometimes dumb, yet lovably devoted and courageous son of the landed gentry to the hilt.

"Jim" was hilarious, as was Mrs Cropley with the accents hitting the colloquial nail on the head.

"David" carried off the air of arrogance and superiority to the tee.

"Alice" must have studied night and day for her part.

Her performance was flawless, from the characteristic faraway look in her eyes through to the wringing of the hands and the slightly yokel accent

Director Julie West can be justifiably proud of her production and cast.

The production continues at The Civic Centre, Murwillumbah on Friday June 1 and 8 at 7.30 pm, Saturday, June 2 and 9 at 7.30 pm and Sunday, June 3 and 10 at 2 pm.

Tickets at $15 each are available from Murwillumbah Music Shop (02 6672 5404) or from the Tourist Information Centres at Murwillumbah and Tweed, as well as from the website. Tickets will also be available at the door, unless sold out.

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