Review: Out Of Focus at the Trinity Methodist Church, Southsea

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The Phoenix Players seem to have left the memory of St Peter’s Church hall behind and seem very at-home, now, in Trinity Church.

The Peter Gordon play, Out of Focus, is their latest offering.

Mr Gordon’s plays are soft-centres; don’t look for a moral or subtext – it’s all you can do to find a plot. This is a pointless romp, and the opening-night audience were clearly enjoying themselves.

Act One focusses on four disparate groups who turn up to use a church hall to find it has been multi-booked by bumbling vicar’s wife Evonne (the ever-watchable Irene Skelton); in Act Two the four groups unite – for some reason – to perform Evonne’s pantomime.

Richard Langdon (Bob) seemed to have the measure of the comedy with some particularly effective throwaways. Lauren Haskett, as siren Linda, comes across as the most sincere and natural of the actors.

The cast, as a whole, need to pick up cues quicker and the direction of the end of the show is confusing and messy – but the cast are enthusiastic. Until Saturday.