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Review: Tenners at Robin Hood Theatre, Averham

A series of six short plays makes up the latest offering at Robin Hood Theatre, Averham ­— and what a super selection they are.

Tenners is so-called because each are supposed to last only ten minutes. Some run slightly over, but that is easily forgiven.

Each one is very different to the other, covering topics, such as a zoo murder-mystery, completing a bucket list, imaginary friends, the contents of Christmas crackers and, of course, coronavirus.

Tenners, to be performed at Robin Hood Theatre, Averham. (49097456)
Tenners, to be performed at Robin Hood Theatre, Averham. (49097456)

But while different, they all have one thing in common ­— fine writing by Barry Wood (Trapped, A Small Piece Of Ham, A Bad Case Of Kahuna Virus, Michael Caine's Azaleas, and Zoo Detective) and Ian Collinson (Friends Reunited) and great acting.

Each ten-minute segment flew by, yet the storylines never felt rushed. Short, but perfectly formed.

The plays have been rehearsed in bubbles by the Robin Hood Theatre Company cast, who appear in more than one play, and with different directors, curated by Jean Baliol-Key.

The actors were Ian Collinson, Andrew Fearn, Nicci Hindson, Ziemowit Kaczmarek, Lesley Langley, Paul McPherson, Janina Sulek, and Sally Williams.

Directors were Jean Baliol-Key, Andrew Beighton, Ian Collinson and Ziemowit Kaczmarek.

Together, they have created a wonderful evening of theatre full of tasty titbits that has left me wanting more. It is a great concept.

Tenners runs until Saturday (July 24) ­— SH.

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