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Good clean family orientated comedy

Vicar Joe

SA4 Productions , Depot Studio, Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre , February-24-09
Vicar Joe by SA4 Productions Another outing for Vicar Joe, portrayed with relish by the ever-popular Kevin Johns and a character originally seen in the plays Toshack or Me! and To Hull and Back, two football- themed comedies written by Peter Read and directed by Peter Richards, who are re-united for this piece from SA4 Productions.

This time around, the format is very different since it is a one-man show, revolving entirely around the irreverent Reverend and his run-ins with the church council.

Kevin Johns clearly loves the character, and Read has taken pains to include topics close to the performer's heart - not simply football and religion, but also a sub-plot about the plight of the homeless.

Vicar Joe is a character with a great deal of mileage, and one suspects that we have by no means seen the last of him: indeed, given the lack of good clean family orientated comedy on TV,
it would be interesting to see the character given a chance on
the small screen. How about it, BBC Wales?

Reviewed by: Graham Williams

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