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Review: The Worst Wedding Ever

Rachel and Scott are planning their wedding. Money is tight for the couple so they decide to have a small, intimate affair, with a few close family and friends, registry office and a reception down the local pub.

However Rachel’s mother, Liz has other ideas and wants her daughter’s wedding to be a big lavish do.

A compromise is reached, when Liz offers to organise Rachel and Scott’s wedding on a budget with the service in the back garden of their family home and for their guests to all bring a plate of food – what can possibly go wrong?

The Worst Wedding Ever is brilliantly funny from the outset and it’s fly on the wall feel gives the audience a real insight into the workings of the ups and downs of what appears to be a very ordinary family.

A very strong cast brings the story to life, a story that shows all the stress of planning a wedding and the drama that unfolds on the big day itself. With family secrets, sibling rifts and a portaloo drama will Rachel and Scott ever exchange their marriage vows?

Julia Hills plays Liz beautifully and is really believable as the mother who just wants everything to be perfect on her daughter’s big day. Derek Frood is perfectly cast as Rachel’s father Mel. His words of advice to son in law to be, Scott (Nav Sidhu) rang true with many of the male audience members and was cleverly delivered.

The script is great and comes from the pen of Chris Chibnall, not somebody you’d naturally associate with comedy work as he’s the writer of tv drama Broadchurch. But while a departure from the gritty drama it still showcases the abilities of one of the country’s stand out writers.

With brilliant comic timing, a fantastic band and an amazing set that made you feel like you were sitting in the back garden of a suburban semi, Worst Wedding Ever really is a show you don’t want to miss.

• The Worst Wedding Ever is at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 11th March. To book tickets contact the Box office on 01473 295900 or visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine

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