Studio Theatre, Ashley Road Salisbury

Tickets: Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury Phone: 01722 342860 or from

Dads’ Army

The Fine Times Recorder wrote that

It’s quite a challenge, playing to an audience who know your character – and even your words – as well as you do. But the Salisbury Studio Theatre company rises to the challenge and pretty much brings the house down with Dad’s Army, which runs to 16th May at the Ashley Road theatre.

The Salisbury production is made up of four stories, two well-known – the German U-boat crew to be held secure overnight in the church hall and the plans for the Warmington-on-Sea parade – and two less so. They give the large cast of men and women plenty to do, including morris dancing and choral singing.

Look out for the rather unexpected result of Capt Mainwaring’s efforts to drill the new female recruits, laugh at the terribly un-PC dialogue in the Lady Godiva scene and be impressed by the voices in the rehearsals for the new joint platoon-church choral group.

It’s a delight for Dad’s Army fans and great to see so many Studio Theatre actors, of all ages, enjoying their varied roles. The outstanding performances include Michael Bowyer’s pompous Capt Mainwaring, Alistair Faulkner’s deliciously laid-back Sgt Wilson, multi-talented Kris Hamilton (recently seen as Charlie’s Aunt) as Walker, Fraser Adams as mummy’s boy Pike, David Taylor as gentle Pte Godfrey, Brian Waddingham as the belligerent air raid warden, Simon Haseley as the German submarine captain and the oily town clerk, Sarah Kirkpatrick as the delightful Mrs Gray in a Brief Encounter-style scene and Sue Tranter as the buxom and flirtatious Mrs Fox.

Congratulations to Studio Theatre chairman Colin Hayman, who not only played Cpl Jones, but also designed and built the excellent wartime church hall set.

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