It’s always a joy to discover new talent, even if that talent was actually discovered by everyone else a long time ago. With the ladies of Bench Theatre‘s recent production of Ladies’ Day, I felt just that.
Robin Hall, Beth Evans, Jessi Wilson and Sarah Parnell gave fantastic performances as the four fish-packers from Hull. I could easily have been watching professional actresses.
Sarah Parnell particularly stood out as an actress who could captivate an audience and take them along for the ride, as she lead you deep into the story and her character’s life. Having praised the actress to a friend after the show who is very familiar with the local am dram scene, I learnt she also did voiceover work, possibly professionally. It was evident that my ‘discovery’ of this talented lady in our midst was lagging behind the rest of the local theatre world, and perhaps further afield.
If you missed Ladies’ Day, you can catch Sarah next in One Off Productions‘ performance of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, coming to the Kings Theatre, Portsmouth this September. I’ll be there on the front row!