"Photo Finish"

Photo Finish – The Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Ed Waugh & Trevor Wood       Director: Jack Milner

Venue: Customs House, South Shields

The Public Reviews Rating: *****

Maintaining the backdrop of a horse-racing theme, the world premiere of ‘Photo Finish’ follows hot on the heels of ‘Good to Firm’ and ‘Raising The Stakes’ (see reviews by Linda Barker and Ian Cain, respectively). The third and final part of the Waugh & Wood trilogy focusing on the flawed Fletcher family is surely the best and funniest yet.

I don’t quite know if it were due to the introduction of a new leading lady, the input of a new director (Jack Milner takes over from Mark Wingett, who directed the first two instalments), a more finely-honed script from Wood and Waugh – or the combination of all those factors, but somehow this production had enough crackle and sparkle to put Bonfire Night in the shade.