Nothing to disapprove of
In a fine example of art imitating life, Swansea Little Theatre's amateur actors starred on-stage as Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society's amateur actors in an updated performance of comic masterpiece A Chorus of Disapproval.
And, for some of those involved at least, it might have rung a little bit too true to life at times.
With guest director Dean Verbeck at the helm, Alan Ayckbourn's 31st play, which pays homage to the enduring qualities of am-dram groups up and down the country, sees widower Guy Jones, as faultlessly envisaged by leading man Piers Morgan-Harvey, join his local society to perform in a production of The Beggar's Opera.
And while his intentions might have been wholesome to begin with, his inability to say "no" leads him into all sorts slapstick, and compromising, situations.
The laughs come thick and fast, with each member of the cast given the opportunity to raise a few smiles and, in one particular highlight, a few eyebrows as well, as the frisky pairing of Nia Tilley and Tim Pottinger entertain guests at their home with their own brand of free love.
But, as with previous productions, the star of the show, walking in the footsteps of some illustrious predecessors including Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1988 film version and, more recently Rob Brydon in the West End, was the fantastically animated — and fantastically named — Mark Rees, as Dafydd (not David) ap Llewellyn, the belligerent Welsh director.
With a few songs thrown in for good measure, this was a witty, spirited performance, and a fantastic advert for local amateur theatre — something I'm sure Alan Ayckbourn would be more than pleased with.