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Sweeney Todd

Date

31st May 2013

Society

Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society

Venue

Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Sandra Tomlinson

Musical Director

Carl Greenwood

Report

Author: Brenda Gower

This was an extremely powerful production - the quality that emanated from the way that this Sondheim musical was directed was amazing.  The set design and construction transported the audience right back to the sordid and menacing back streets of Victorian London - a very clever set with sinister lighting and an excellent "tipping" barber's chair.  All the characters were portrayed in just the right fashion - David Morley who gave the right amount of menace to Sweeney Todd, Gina Cameron, who not only acted the part of Mrs Lovett superbly but also used her singing voice to terrific effect, Chloe Shearer and Gareth Brighton as the tragically romantic couple (Johanna and Anthony Hope), James Tomlinson as Tobias Ragg (a young man with a great future in the theatrical world) and Tony Bannister who portrayed the underlying evil in the character of Judge Turpin to great effect.  The rest of the cast and the ensemble worked well together and all are to be congratulated, especially Director Sandra Tomlinson and Musical Director Carl Greenwood for bringing this horrific tale to life in the Devonshire Park Theatre.