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Inverness amateur dramatics company provide captivating performance on opening night of play


By Rachel Smart

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Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography
Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography

Inverness amateur dramatics company The Florians gave a captivating performance on their opening night of Of Mice and Men.

The venue was almost full for the production of the John Steinbeck novella, which sees two itinerant workers, George and Lennie, in California in the 1930s as they start work on a ranch in a place called Soledad.

The main characters are played by Matthias Kremer (George) and Steven Kelly (Lennie) who had realistic on-stage chemistry as a protective, loving yet tired caregiver and a vulnerable, free-spirited adult.

Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography
Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography

Kelly’s performance deserves special recognition as he consistently held the character’s role and charmed everyone in the room.

Trevor Nicol gave a splendid performance as Candy and Candy’s dog - played by real-life pup Roxie - had the audience’s hearts melting.

The audience followed the journey as the workers shared hearts to hearts about wanting a better life for themselves yet finding themselves at the mercy of the hands that they had been played.

Jay MacGregor (Curley’s wife) was the only main female portrayed within the play and her American accent was in tip-top shape. Also kudos to her for managing to stay dramatically still on stage for a good ten minutes, after her character was killed accidentally by Lennie.

Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography
Rehearsals for Of Mice and Men. Picture: Alison Ozog from Matthias Kremer Photography

The end of the play had everyone gripped as George had to cruelly yet mercifully take Lennie’s life.

The set by Allen Perrin, sound effects and costumes are all to be praised and Jo Galloway did a fantastic job in directing this Florians’ production.

Of Mice and Men will be running at The Florian’s Theatre until June 8.


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