Package holiday

CHEERS: Ian Simpson, Trixie Naylor, Rachel Johnson, Ken Radmore, Chris Peck, Hannah Bradford, Michelle Simpson, Barbara Booth, Istvan Koszegi, left to right with Hazel Simpson and Chrissy Smityh (foreground).
CHEERS: Ian Simpson, Trixie Naylor, Rachel Johnson, Ken Radmore, Chris Peck, Hannah Bradford, Michelle Simpson, Barbara Booth, Istvan Koszegi, left to right with Hazel Simpson and Chrissy Smityh (foreground).

Few farces have stood the test of time as well as Surprise Package - no doubt helped by telly’s Benidorm effect which plunges colourfully-clad, outrageous characters into crazy situations in a tacky holiday resort.

The play is a favourite of Bolsover Drama Group who chose to revisit it last week as part of its 30th anniversary.

On an unseasonably chilly week in May, the colourful crew brought sun, sea, sangria and saucy shenanigans to the town’s Assembly Rooms.

Members of the group’s original production were among the audience for the last night of the show on Saturday to see how 29 years on, fellow cast-mates Janet Koszegi and Maureen Blood tackled director and producer duties and how Rachel Johnson handled her cameo role as German wife Greta.

For full review, see the Derbyshire Times, published on Thursday, May 19