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Tell Me On A Sunday

Date

21st January 2019

Society

Bonkers Theatrical

Venue

Bonkers Playhouse, Kettering

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Mark Walker

Musical Director

Kay Tompkins

Report

Author: Caroline Jervis

A touch of class came to Kettering this evening in the shape of “Tell me on a Sunday”. The one woman show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black wowed the audience tonight in the intimate surroundings of The Bonkers Playhouse Theatre, a perfect venue for this production. “Tell me on a Sunday” was first performed at the Sydmonton Festival in 1979. The original recording featured Marti Webb as Emma. It was shown as a BBC Telecast in 1980 as part of “Song and Dance” this show then went into the West End in 1982 and onto Broadway in 1985. This is the first amateur production of “Tell me on a Sunday” to be seen in Northamptonshire.

The direction by Mark Walker was brilliant, the staging was excellent and the pace of the show was perfect. The musical direction by Kaye Tompkins was remarkable and it is no mean feat to accompany a sung through musical. Kaye Stevens gave an incredible performance as Emma the English girl newly arrived in New York; Kaye drew the audience into her apartment and took us on her journey of relationships and loves won and lost, with a good mix of tongue in cheek humour and a great deal of emotion. My favourite number was “It’s not the end of the World” which was very movingly performed by Kaye.

The set was excellent, was very well dressed and carefully planned with lots of attention to detail. I loved how the clothes rail emptied and the linen basket slowly filled as Emma changed costumes on stage, you knew the show was at the end when the clothes rail was empty! The sound quality was excellent throughout; the lighting was superb and greatly enhances the show.

Congratulations to all at Bonkers Theatrical especially Mark Walker, Kaye Tompkins and Kaye Stevens on what was a faultless and thoroughly enjoyable opening night!

CAROLINE JERVIS                                                                                                                                    NODA EAST MIDLANDS DISTRICT 7 REPRESENTATIVE.