Working

Date 21st April 2016
Society Backstreet Theatre Company
Venue Prince of Wales Centre Cannock
Type of Production Musical
Director Michele Windsor
Musical Director Gladstone Wilson
Choreographer Michele Windsor

Report

Author: Brian Hirst

There was some very imaginative and creative thinking leading to the staging of this little known musical. The production team must be congratulated in the manner in which they brought the stories of a group of workers to life. There was clever use of the enormous letters W O R K I N G to create different levels of scenery, props and storage for many different items. They moved easily around the stage on castors and were designed and built especially for this production. The lighting design was in the hands of Alex Cartwright and the outcome complimented the staging perfectly.

Every member of the cast was a named character and many of them described their job and aspirations in life through song.  I cannot single out any of the soloists because they all played their parts so convincingly well. We were treated to some effectively harmonised duets, ensembles and full chorus singing for which credit must go to MD Gladstone Wilson. All the music was supported by a very accomplished 5 piece band.

There were some clever dance routines incorporating movement which must have demanded intense concentration from the performers. There was some good stage dressing to compliment the solo performances and the whole was enhanced by some effective costumes. The show was a challenge because it was unknown but the company, as usual, came up trumps. Well done!