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Marley Blandford winning best solo act at the last awards night. 
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A darkly comic look at the way that both sexes are responsible for objectifying women, Bench Theatre drove home the message of the play.

The first two acts were set in lad’s mag Doghouse, which accidentally published a photograph of a minor.

Mark Wakeman as the publication’s top dog Aidan found the humour in his morally corrupt character, but also set the pace for his castmates’ funny meltdowns.

Merging Acts One and Two was a logical choice, but a lengthy set change suspended belief.

The third act, set in women’s magazine Electra, was helmed by Megan Green as the editor Miranda. She fully committed to the role of the shallow cougar, stripping down to lacy underwear and dancing around the stage.

With this production, Bench Theatre have proven that amateur dramatics isn’t just for family and friends. Their focus on good acting and simple staging is a formula that should attract a wider local audience. Until Saturday.