Centre Stage Company wows with Vicar of Dibley production

The cast of the Vicar of Dibley ANL-150324-153927001
The cast of the Vicar of Dibley ANL-150324-153927001

The Centre Stage Company has blessed audiences with another offering in their production of comedy classic, the Vicar of Dibley.

The excellent cast played to packed houses on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.

The show was a faithful re- imagining of several classic Vicar of Dibley episodes, with favourite jokes and plot lines being deftly woven into a two-hour stage show.

The plot centred upon the new vicar, Geraldine (Becca Neal), and her arrival in the set-in-its-ways town of Dibley.

The new vicar’s thoroughly modern approach to life is soon ruffling the feathers of the town council, with chairman, David Horton (Alan Barney), providing the perfect comedy foil and antagonist to Becca Neal’s Geraldine.

The new vicar sets about rousing the locals from their torpor, hoping to kick a few bad habits along the way with favourite characters Jim, Owen, Frank and Mrs Cropley, giving up certain vices for lent.

A central theme was the simmering relationship between dippy Alice (excellently played by Kelly Mepham) and Hugo Horton (played by Kelly’s real-life husband Adam Mepham).

The pair interacted brilliantly and provided a dynamic centre-piece for the whole drama, which culminated in their marriage.

The audience came in droves and gave vocal support, cheering and laughing throughout the entire performance.

Mayor, Roger André, attended on the Friday.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” he said. “I think they really captured the essence of the show.

“It was interesting to see their take on something that has been such a classic.

“Centre Stage takes on some very difficult productions and that was a challenging show to do. It’s been one of the most popular ones they’ve done.”