REVIEW: Neville’s Island, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Neville's Island at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing
Neville's Island at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing

A SMALL, but perfectly formed, audience enjoyed a night of comedy at the Connaught Theatre last night (Wednesday, April 24), on the second night of a three-night run of Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island.

Based on a middle-management course gone wrong, it followed four middle-aged men from the Penine Spring Water Company, as they embarked on a team-building getaway in the Lake District.

Mark Homer, known as Tony Hills in EastEnders, lead the group as Neville, their elected captain.

But it was him who got them in trouble, wrongly reading too much into a simple clue and leading them to crash their boat, leaving them marooned on an island in thick fog.

Ian Sharrock as Gordon, Adrian Lloyd-James as Angus and John Goodrum as Roy completed the cast.

The best and worst of their characters was drawn out as they battled with lost equipment, hunger and, finally, the threat of a maniac killer on the loose.

It was hilarious and poignant in turn, highlighting possibly exactly what the working man thinks of middle-management, as none of them seemed to be able to get their act together.

Much laughter could be heard across the auditorium, and several could be heard to say they would love to watch it all again.

It did all get a bit silly, but not too silly, as day turned to night and still no sign of rescue.

In the end, we learned a lot about them, and a lot about ourselves, I think, as their situation put their shortcomings in the spotlight.

You can catch Neville’s Island at the Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, tonight (April 25) at 7.30pm.