Evita

Date 8th March 2019
Society Cockett Amateur Operatic society
Venue The Taliesin
Director Kathryn Wheel
Musical Director Jonathan Lycett
Choreographer Julie Hemming

Report

Author: Luke Spencer

With Lord Lloyd-Webber allowing some of his shows to be performed by amateurs now, it is great to see so many companies taking this opportunity and doing such a fine job in their productions. Indeed this can be said of Cockett AOS as they gave their very appreciative audience an excellent production.
The set was outstanding and used to great effect, the costumes were well-sourced and perfect for the period and the lighting often gave lovely ambience to the scenes. The ensemble are to be commended as their focus on stage was impeccable, truly entering into each scene and conveying true emotion on stage. The children’s ensemble were delightful and sang wonderfully.
The principals were well-cast and worked together beautifully on stage. Saul Woods gave a very fine performance as Magaldi with some lovely humour and demonstrating a good voice. Dean Walker was a suitably pompous and aloof Peron but also gave us some very touching moments with Eva and of course sang very well throughout. Eva herself was played by Joanne Griffiths with the flare that audiences have come to expect of this talented, seasoned actress. She took us on a real journey and everyone felt all the emotions with her.
I was delighted by the performance of the Mistress given by Carys Melodie Comley and she demonstrated an outstanding voice and fine stage presence. A brilliant performance was given by Nick Packer as Che and I thought he was quite exceptional in this role. His voice was perfect, stage presence excellent and he too took us on a journey, narrating the entire show flawlessly.
Many thanks to the entire company who go from strength to strength each year! I look forward to next year’s production enormously.