Stars explained: * A production of no real merit with failings in all areas. ** A production showing evidence of not enough time or effort, or even talent, and which never breathes any real life into the piece – or a show lumbered with a terrible script. *** A good enjoyable show which might have some small flaws but has largely achieved what it set out to do.**** An excellent show which shows a great deal of work and stage craft with no noticeable or major flaws.***** A four star show which has found that extra bit of magic which lifts theatre to another plane.
Half stars fall between the ratings

Cast of Gin Chronicles

Jon Holmes  as John Jobling, Ellie Ball (Doris Golightly), Ian Toulouse (Mirabelle) and Alex Howell (Pompidou) n colourful rehearsal

The Gin Chronicles

The Mint Theatre Society

Aldridge Social Club


ALDRIDGE Social Club was packed for the inaugural production of the newly formed Mint Theatre Society which transported us back to a BBC radio studio in 1947

Here five talented actors are relating the tale of the mysterious disappearance of Cornelius Juniper, Captain botanical of the London dry gin company.

With clever use of various props and items of costume, the actors create the many different characters who populate the tale, each with a range of vocal representations and mannerisms.

Peppered with innuendo and witty dialogue, this play, written by Robert Blackwood and Nick Cowell was originally presented at the Edinburgh fringe festival and lends itself to smaller, intimate venues where audience participation is encouraged as an added feature.

John Holmes, Ellie Ball, Alex Howell, Ian Toulouse and Freda Simpson formed the cast, with the addition of David Daly, billed as 'The Foley Artist' who was, in fact, the maestro of the sound effects. If you want ducks, seals, owls, whistles, bells, elevators, this guy can do it, with hilarious ingenuity.

All the actors were confident with lines, engaged well with the audience and gave good entertainment value.

However, a tad more zip would raise the piece into a rip roaring, fast moving romp. This company have the ability to attain slick, energetic performance standards and for a first outing, their enthusiasm deserved the generous applause from the appreciative audience. To 11-03-17

Elizabeth M Smith and Rosemary Manjunath


Forthcoming productions: 'The Great British Bump Off' Saturday, 12th August and 'A Christmas Carol' Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December, at Aldridge Social Club.

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