THEIR SCARVES WERE RED
2nd December 2017
Karen Rees Davies
Author: Lyn Emmerson
This was my first visit to PMA Theatre. PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude and the title fully encapsulates the aims of the Company, bringing together players with different skills from the ages of 8 to 80 years of age.
The story of two fictitious Liverpool fans who travelled to Sheffield that fateful day, 15th April 1989, to see the F A Cup Semi-Final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool was dealt with sensitivity and compassion. The cast was headed by experienced Sam Highcock as Steward, who, even though hardly ever off stage, was in the background, he led the Chorus in the chorus numbers, encouraging the less experienced members of the Company. The role of Daniel Grice was in the capable hands of 20 year old Jack Morris who gave us a sterling performance from the moment he came on stage, and coped well with all musical numbers. Good characterisations from Anthony Sullivan and Rebecca Cellabos as Mr & Mrs Grice, Daniel’s parents There was a brilliant performance throughout from 15 year old Daniel Williams as Barry Whibley, Daniel’s laid back mate. His solo in Act 2 ‘I am Me’ was a highlight- well done. An excellent portrayal from 16 year old Megan Haf Hughes as Chloe. I particularly enjoyed the performance from Emily Highcock as Chloe’s Mum, dealing with a typical teenager and wondering where to draw the line. Lovely singing from Emily particularly her solo in Act 2 – ‘You Know I Miss You’ and also I must mention Gareth Williams as Chloe’s Stepdad – beautiful duet with Emily in Act 1, harmony spot on.
The Second Act opened with a freeze, with each member of the Chorus/ Crowd knowing what was expected of them, and they carried out their tasks with discipline and aplomb. The chorus was a good mix of adults and youth and I felt that the singing generally, was brilliant throughout with no weak links in the principals, and the chorus sang their hearts out. All minor roles were well executed. Set was minimalistic but with all appropriate props to hand for inset scenes. The well-rehearsed production, flowed from start to finish, with no pauses or mishaps and I must Congratulate the Director, Artistic team, Stage Crew and all the Cast, for the sensitive manner which they brought this story to Theatr Colwyn stage.
I look forward to your next production. – Thank you everyone.