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Good Golly Miss Molly

The Royal Court, Liverpool
October 5 - November 3

Author: Bob Eaton
Director: Bob Eaton
Producer: The Royal Court, Liverpool
Cast includes: Sonia, Davy Edge, Carl Chase, Phil Corbitt, Andrew Schofield, Eithne Browne, Roy Brandon, Phil Hearne, Kevin Tucker, Shirley Darroch.
Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Image: Promo image for Good Golly Miss Molly

It's 1985 and Richard Street, Liverpool, is under threat of the bulldozers. The council are determined to clear some space for ‘urban renewal’, and it seems nothing can stand in their way … except Molly Eldon. The battle is on and Molly – played wonderfully well by Sonia – is getting the old band, Ronnie Angel and the Devils, back together to sing hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s that keep the audiences feet tapping throughout. With a selection of great songs, some scintillating dialogue and performances from a cast that know what it is that turns their audiences on, Good Golly Miss Molly puts Bob Eaton on a hat-trick of directorial hits to follow Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels and Lost Soul, brilliantly.

With such a versatile cast, it’s good to see the major parts being rotated throughout the Company. Andrew Schofield and Eithne Browne may take a something of a backseat in this show but nevertheless deliver two more impeccable outings whilst Davy Edge takes the plaudits, playing Ronnie with some fine acting, wonderful vocals and slick timing. Also worthy of mention is Liverpool stalwart Carl Chase who - whilst not only being a very fine actor - can also sing, dance and growl with the best of them.

Using to the full a delightfully simple yet effective set designed by Billy Meall, and with more costume changes than could be counted, Good Golly Miss Molly is a foot-stompingly good night out and another sure-fire winner from all those involved.
Chris High

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