“Immaculate” – Review.


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Poster from First Production.


Orbaum’s Immaculate Conception.


IMMACULATE, written and directed by Jason Orbaum, is the best work to recently grace the Rhoda McGaw Theatre.

Controversial though the topic may have been – i.e. God’s intent to impregnate a woman – taken with a pinch of salt and juxtaposed with the modern day boundaries of comedy, it was a must.  Those who perceived the idea as bad taste were proved completely wrong.

There was of course the initial doubt that the Visitor may not have been who he claimed to be.  Jason’s surreal script was first class, original and hilariously funny.

The play was executed brilliantly by the fabulous Sara Robbie, who produced the play for Centrestage.   Sara, who is a LAMDA teacher and founded Centrestage in 1992 is a natural born actress and should tread the boards more often.

She commanded respect, had a wonderful stage presence, excellent comic timing and was extremely convincing in her role as Maria – the thirty something singleton who had a celestial encounter with a stranger.    Alongside her was Stuart Henshall as Joe, the dope smoking waster ex boyfriend and Charles Kelland as the mysterious clean-cut and impeccable visitor who were great contrasting accompaniments.

Charles persistence in the first half and his appearance in the second half were side splitting, as was Stuart’s incredible indolence and his blasé reaction to the Visitor.

The set – designed by Mike Clements – also acted as a convincing backdrop, drawing us into a cosy bed-sit where we could view the events.

The audience was skeletal but the rapturous applause during the curtain call really was testament to a superb performance.

Lisa Porter, Woking News and Mail 20th June 2002.


At the end of the year the same journalist in her Review of the Year, 2nd January 2003 said “…The production that stood out for me was Jason Orbaum’s IMMACULATE.  This work was funny, perceptive, thought provoking and hilarious – a breath of fresh air.”




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