|Date||22nd March 2012|
|Society||Hilltop Theatre Company|
|Venue||Community Hall, Pentyrch|
|Musical Director||Linda Coombes|
Author: Frank Wooles
This powerful musical retelling of the Gospels of Matthew, in a basic unfussy staging and played by an enthusiastic energetic ensemble allowed the vignette enactment of the parables to be told with simple clarity. In Siân Williams’ hard-hitting, exuberant production moments of lightness and fun gave way to tension and sadness in a show where everyone must work as a team – but each has individuality and a role to play.
James Randell performed with sincerity and passion and beautifully sang the pivotal role of Jesus, complemented by the gentle strength and character of Iain Campbell, in the dual roles of John the Baptist and Judas.
Controlled, balanced backing by a good-sounding on-stage band under the baton of musical director Linda Coombes, and excellent lighting by Llwyd Herniman, enhanced the production and choreography by Laura Hallas, kept the stage flowing and alive.
An evening that was entertaining, cheerful and uplifting with a finale of almost revivalist fervour. Congratulations.