Review: Acorn Antiques was a winner in Exmouth!

PUBLISHED: 13:14 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 27 June 2017

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

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The doors to Acorn Antiques may have closed at the Exmouth Pavilion, but Exmouth Musical Theatre Company's (EMCo) latest production was a fun crowd pleaser.

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

The group followed up their award-winning production of Evita by bringing the late Victoria Wood’s soap opera parody to life, capturing the silliness of the smash-hit show turned musical.

The comedienne’s award-winning show was filled with the best of British humour, fun musical numbers and a bonkers storyline that soap-opera fans could relate too.

The story followed Miss Babs and Miss Berta who run Acorn Antiques in Manchesterford. With nearby shops closing down, the sisters had their own financial woes, a scheming lost sister and a family mystery to solve.

Babs (played by Sue Bonnett) and Berta (Grace McNeil) donned their best tweed two-pieces as the sisters who longed for love, serving up some great and risqué comedic moments while trying to catch the eye of their male suitors.

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

McNeil’s character demonstrated a great flair for the dramatics as she prayed her fiancé Clifford would remember that they were engaged. Her wish for Clifford to regain his memory was captured in her poignant solo Remind Him, which came towards the end of the first act.

The show was also a fun family affair as three members of the Killoran clan took to the stage. Mike Killoran (Clifford) was joined by daughter-in-law Jo, playing the scheming Bonnie, while Mike’s wife Anne took on the iconic role of Mrs Overall.

The audience instantly warmed to Mrs O and her trademark hair net, pinny, Marigold gloves and macaroons. Anne Killoran did not disappoint, bringing a smile with her comedic timing and stage presence in numbers such as Macaroons and Oh, Oh, Oh, Mrs O!

Director Helen Rushton’s set was grand in design, full of impressive technical tricks including a working stair lift, which added to the show’s fun conclusion. The choreography was complex and executed well by the cast with several high-energy routines, including the tap-filled act one finale Doing The Tip Top Tap.

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

The production was once again well polished and delivered to a high standard and was a fitting tribute to its writer.

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Acorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo ServicesAcorn Antiques performed by Exmouth Musical Theatre Company. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

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