JOBS are going, recession continues and things are pretty grim all round.
So Thank God for shows like this, which are always guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The musical - set in the early 20th century - is brought to life by a Kings Heath company who have recently started performing in the Solihull area
We’re introduced to Mack - a film director who made his name in the heyday of silent films. But the times are a changing and his slapstick tales are beginning to lose their charm.
Cue a flashback which takes the audience back through the years and the first meeting between the filmmaker and his star Mabel.
Their odd-couple romance is the focus of the plot, but it’s the song and dance numbers which really grab your attention.
A twelve-piece orchestra provides the music and it was a shame that some of the lyrics were lost in the performance - although, in fairness, I was sitting quite near the back.
All-in-all this was a fantastic feelgood performance, with the same high standard of sets, costume and music that I’ve come to expect from the area’s amateur companies.