Date 10th May 2013
Society Neston Players
Venue Neston Civic Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Paul Kirkbright
Musical Director Rob Bowness
Choreographer Lucy Kirkbright


Author: Budge Grounsell

Alas the Eurovision Song Contest will never be the same again. It has been eclipsed by a  caucophony of clackers, kazoos/whistles and raucous laughter  emanating from an audience who at times were totally out of control and understandably so. It might have been thought that Neston Players  after their significant triumph last year with “A Few Good Men” would have found it difficult  to replicate their success but in that immortal phrase from Monty Python “ and now for something entirely different”  they have confounded the sceptics.

I have often thought that they could make a film of  the televised  contest and call it  the Good , the Bad and the  Indifferent, more a spaghetti question than a western; the question being why do they bother?  If the real thing was as entertaining as this show was I could be  persuaded to change my mind.   Brilliantly hosted by Boyka (Tia Gill) and Sergi (Michael Kennedy) will he ever live down those hot pants?;  the rapport which they engendered between them was superb; sparkling repartee some of which I suspect did not come from the written script and comedy timing which would have the envy of many an aspiring stand-up comic.

Ten countries were on view here all portrayed  in national characteristic  by a fine cast.  Costumed appropriately as they were  they  might well have been the real thing.  All the costumes were excellent  but Miss Iceland certainly caught the eye and that wig! Brilliant.  Many congratulation to Wardrobe.

Of course costuming along can’t produce  the total effect and  Director Paul Kirkbright and Choreographer Lucy Kirkbright with their assistants Simon Deere and Bethany D’Avincourt Smith and Musical Supervisor Rob Bowness brought out the essence of the various locations with great skill. The movement  during the songs was exactly right in the context of this “Almost Eurovision” .

When the audience came in they were all given a sticker with their “own” country  on it as well as their clacker  and whistle thus ensuring their noisy participation for their own country. They also had the chance to vote during the intermission following which we had the voting from the 10 areas involved and wasn’t this well done. How true the  portrayal  of the various nation’s  hosts, the kicker seeing the reaction of the host presenters. If it is anything off camera like what we enjoyed then TV should definetly show it.  Boyka, fancy sitting down when the Irish Lady was meandering on, really!    To cut a long storry short the initial vote on screen found all countries with 15 points. Yes even the UK!. Then came the audience vote and who won ? Well it was a country  who didn’t even sing but who gave a singularly fine  moving performance, GERMANY . We didn’t see their faces either since they were dressed in a  one piece suit  from head to toe.  I don’t know who won on the other nights but any one of them could have done so and  have been worth it.

Congratulations to Neston Players and their whole team  “you  done it again". ”Watch the “real” thing  on Saturday 18th May at your peril.