The funniest of plays can fall very flat without a cast who know what they’re doing – especially  when they’re pretending that they don’t.  

Richard Bean’s  One Man Two Guvnors is a hilarious situation comedy  which includes knock- about slapstick, song and dance, gender switching and powerful right hooks to the jaw: it needs to charge around the stage with precision timing  and immaculate direction.

Brighton Little Theatre rushed to the occasion with sidesplitting results.  Tears of laughter rolled down our faces at Christy Pearce, demonstrating the results of an English public school education with a cricket bat, or at  Kirrily Long, flouncing pragmatically at anyone who would take her to Majorca. 

Leigh Ward, aka Paddy or Francis, take your pick, took centre stage as  One Man, nobbling the audience, kidnapping innocent bystanders and generally carrying on with rare skill and perfect comic timing. 

Keziah Israel had enormous fun as Pauline, impossibly in love with the wondrously over the top Joe Burns, improbable son of dodgy solicitor John Hartnett. 

Nik Balfe and Bill Griffiths strummed guitars for the twist and shake and everyone chuckled at backprojected Brighton in the 60’s.   Hats off – and wigs, jackets and braces. Wonderful.