ANYONE looking to get married may wish to reconsider their family’s involvement after watching Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall’s comedic take on the pitfalls of wedding planning.
Worst Wedding Ever tells the story of Rachel and Scott, whose plans for a small, intimate wedding are torn apart by Rachel’s interfering family, most notably her mum Liz (Julia Hills).
The performance got better and better as it went along – the funniest scenes were towards the end as the wedding day reached its calamitous climax.
But it also managed, despite being quite risque with some of the humour, to deal sensitively with issues affecting some of the family members that emerge in a dramatic ending.
Elisabeth Hopper shone as bride-to-be Rachel, but arguably the funniest performances were by supporting characters.
Rachel’s sister Alison, experiencing the fallout of her own marriage, is portrayed humorously by Elizabeth Cadwallader, while Derek Frood plays their Lord of the Rings-loving, neighbour-hating dad Mel to much laughter.
The use of a stereotypical wedding band was a good way of bringing music into the show and of keeping audience attention during scene changes.
The story of a dysfunctional family is easy to relate to and it’s a credit to the actors involved that it comes across as authentically as it does, which enhances the effect of the comedic elements.
Worst Wedding Ever runs at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch until April 1.
For tickets, visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01708 443333.