The essence of performances from Hethersett Players is fun and entertainment.

This was once again illustrated with their latest production – two one act plays in Hethersett Village Hall with the onus very much on comedy.

Over His Dead Body by Jack Booth and Parentcraft by Stephen Smith both required solid comedy timing and that’s exactly what the players provided over a two night run.

Over His Dead Body surrounds an unexpected and fatal conclusion to a one night stand when the identity of the dead body is established. The play introduced a number of new members to the players and they coped well with a difficult piece. Neville Greenhalgh may have given one of his best comedy performances as the body, lopping and lolling about in a role that he obviously can have had no real life experience of. In addition Neville directed the play and then came to life again to act as compere for the evening.

Jane Cole as Deborah Paige, the other half of the one-nighter, and Becky Sprunt as Sharon inter-acted well with Lloyd Parfitt bringing his usual pantomime feel to the role of journalist Chris.

If the first play was about life extinct, the second provided a study of life not yet achieved. Parentcraft by Stephen Smith had some sharp lines and observations. Four expectant mothers (one of whom is not what she seems) and one expectant father find themselves coming together for their first parentcraft class.

The comedy here is more subtle and star of the show was director Gareth Evans who once again proved himself an actor of consummate ability. He was well supported by the cast of Vicki Gale as Sharon, Amy Cuenca as Susan, Pippa Sinons as Siobhan and Sarah Wyatt as Lesley.

Just to prove it was summer, despite the recent bad weather, the group served strawberries and cream during the interval.