In life love doesn’t always run to the form guide…
4/1 Matt, the gambler with a dysfunctional brain, heart and penis. Might need more experience.
7/2 Sam, suffering from a broken marriage and loss but might have enough to take the spoils, safe hands.
9/5 F. Paige, the bookies favourite who is as shallow as she is devious, an obvious choice.
20/1 Helen, the outsider, a few skeletons in the closet but has experience if past doesn’t haunt her.
Worth a flutter is definitely worth a watch.
All the cast hold there own in this comedy about love, life and relationships.
When’s the play starts you first think that it’s just a comedy with stereotypical characters the ditsy female, the love rat, etc but it’s much more than that, its about how things we have learnt in the past, how events in ours lives shape us into who we are today.
Brilliantly and hilariously narrated by the main character Matt played by Micheal Head, we are introduced one by one to our cast Lucy Pinder as Paige/Emma, Paul Danan as Paul, Jack Harding as Sam and Clare McNamara as Helen.
We have a talking penis, horse racing, boxing and even a little dancing, it’s funny and entertaining as well as being emotional and heartbreaking as we follow these characters and find out about their past and what made them who they are.
Clare McNamara as Helen is brilliant, she really brings her character to life, you believe her, you feel the emotion. When Helen is revealing her past to Sam, you truly believe the pain behind it, I really enjoyed her performance.
Micheal Head as Matt is hilarious but it’s not all about the comedy, he narrates the story keeping us on track, making sure we are following along, but through the narration we learn things about his past and how it has affected him now, in the present and his battle with it and his battle over his emotions and how he deals with them and Micheal Head plays it perfectly.
Paul Danan is great as Paul, the best friend with the bad advice, his comic timing and chemistry with Micheal shows and they work well together playing the unlikely friends, it was a good casting choice and he brings fun to the play.
Lucy Pinder makes her stage debut in Worth a Flutter and she is brilliant, her stage presence and comic timing is spot on, even pulling off being a Scottish talking penis, yes that’s right a Scottish talking penis!
I look forward to seeing what she will do next.
And then there is Jack Harding, his portrayal of Sam who is stuck in a failing marriage and taking bad advice off of a equally bad friend, is played with a vulnerability that you believe, he delivers his lines with the right amount of emotion, especially at the end when his character is opening up to Helen about his past he pulls you in.
Clare and Jack share a great chemistry which helps with the story telling, especially when the characters are opening about their painful pasts.
All the characters have something about them that you can relate too. They are all believable, yes they have been exaggerated in parts for comic effect (Paige,Paul) but beneath it all there is a deeper meaning to this play.
Micheal Head has drawn from his own real life stories and poured them into the play which has resulted in a great comedic yet touching piece.
The intimate setting of The Hope Theatre is perfect and helps tell the story because it doesn’t get lost in the space.
The casting along with the great writing of this play all goes together perfectly and makes it a really enjoyable evening.
I think if you get the chance you should get down to The Hope theatre and catch it while you can. The odds are, you will love it.
You can purchase tickets for Worth a Flutter here:
It will be playing until the 19th May.