Of course, as Deloris enters the convent for the first time there is unease from Mother Superior, played spectacularly by Lesley Joseph. She doesn’t agree with her way of life and feels like she will bring unrest to the Nuns, however what transpires is a wonderful relationship between the two which provides a real heartfelt moment. Lesley Joseph is no stranger to the stage, and she is completely wonderful in her portrayal of the rather grumpy Mother Superior but also managing to provide plenty of laugh out loud moments, especially during her solo number ‘I Haven’t Got a Prayer’. She only has to walk onto the stage and I smile, that’s star quality right there!
I do have to make mention of gangster Curtis Jackson (Mark Goldthorp) and his three hench men, Pablo (Damian Buhagiar), Joey (Tom Hopcroft) and TJ (Castell Parker). The whole group provide such hilarity with a particular highlight being ‘Lady In The Long Black Dress’, which if you’re not crying from laughter at the end, you need to head off and confess your sins!
The Police Officer tasked with looking after Deloris, Eddie Souther was played magnificently by Alfie Parker. Having known Deloris from their school days, Eddie has always held a torch for her and wants nothing more than to take her under his wing. Parker’s solo number ‘I Could Be That Guy’ is another stand out moment (there are plenty in this show if you’ve not already guessed!). To twin with the impressive vocal, the overall performance raised much applause, especially when the song ramps up and we see a sparkly outfit beneath the rather mundane police uniform. Another truly fantastic moment, and one of the reasons that I sat with the biggest smile on my face throughout the whole show!