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Review: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em at Crewe Lyceum

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Joe Pasquale’s energetic take on the 1970s tv sitcom character Frank Spencer left us breathless!

The stage production of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which is based on the tv series starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice, stayed true to much of what made the original so popular when it rolled into Crewe Lyceum Theatre earlier this month.

The calamitous Frank is child-like in his innocence, and his wife Betty is endearingly loyal to him whilst clearly exasperated at his madcap antics!

The production offers exhausting levels of humour, and slapstick routines which make for a brilliant comedy that also manages to be incredibly heart-warming.

You can’t help but feel warmth and love for the couple, as well as a touch of sympathy for Sarah Earnshaw’s character as Betty tries to keep a grip on normality in her marriage to the chaotic Frank.

Joe Pasquale is brilliant as the accident-prone lead, and in an interview ahead of the performance he told us: “I’m black and blue from head to toe… it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, physically!”

He added: “It’s the best, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done as well.”

Joe’s character appears on 123 out of the show’s 125 pages of dialogue, and he admits that the physicality of the show, and the movement required, was something he initially underestimated.

A stuntman taught him the skills required, as falling down the stairs has now become a daily part of life for Joe – he’ll have done it 160 times in total once the show’s run is complete!

Betty was played wonderfully, while Suzie Blake was sublimely cast in the role of Frank’s mother-in-law.

David Shaw-Parker appeared as Father O’Hara, with Moray Treadwell and Chris Kiely playing Mr Luscombe/Mr Worthington and Desmond/Constable respectively.

Their dialogue and movement were executed with precision, and only added to the sheer chaos and anarchy breaking out on stage – utterly exhausting but such good fun!

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