Rhythm & Booze

Date 7th November 2015
Society Driffield Musical Theatre
Venue Driffield Community Centre
Type of Production Concert
Director David Rounce
Musical Director David Cooper
Choreographer Kate Burniston and Andrea Hawken


Author: Tony Harris

This year’s annual autumn concert by Driffield Musical Theatre was again performed at the town’s Community Centre on successive Saturday nights and I thought that it was a nice, gentle, evening’s entertainment.  The audience, sitting at tables cabaret style, provided the booze and the rhythm flowed well from a small cast of nine Ladies and five Men.

It was pleasing to me that the show’s content was, in the main, from musicals and films, some new and some not so new.  It also included official songs of the Women’s Social and Political Union and the Women’s Land Army which I’d never heard before.

There were also numbers from shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom, Whistle Down the Wind and Into the Woods.

The highlight for me though was Lee Wilson’s excellent presentation of Stars from Les Mis – he acted the number throughout, and sang well, which was great to witness.  John Semmens and Paul Thompson performed well in This Could Be The Start Of Something from the 1950’s TV show The Bachelor and the company gave a good showing in a different arrangement of When I’m Sixty Four.  I also enjoyed Jenny Barrett’s Thoroughly Modern Millie.

In all honesty I didn’t like the final number, Happy from Despicable Me 2, which was the only item performed to a backing track which to me seemed out of place in the show which had, until then, been well accompanied on keyboard by MD David Cooper.

The show could perhaps have been a little bit longer but there is no doubt that the reasonably sized audience on a busy Remembrance and Bonfire weekend thoroughly enjoyed what they saw and heard and were very happy to sing along with many of the numbers.  You can’t ask for more than that.