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Show Reports

August 2017

Felpham Village Hall

The Regis Players
The Angina Monologues

6 August 2017

Once again we were treated to a great afternoon of entertainment and a superb cream tea. There is no nicer way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with friends where the hospitality is unsurpassed. This production was very cleverly directed, with a very simple set allowing for fast scene changes which were accompanied by appropriate music. The outfits worn by all the ladies fitted well for their personalities, their hair styles were apt and the make-up had been given much thought.

Sue Bartlett opened the show with a long and demanding piece telling us about her first (and probably last) cruise which she had been talked into taking by her neighbour. Her descriptions of the events were so vividly explained one felt one knew the person and places intimately. The punch line at the end was...

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Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society MURDER MYSTERY

5 August 2017

The laughter  began before theplay had begun, and continued  practically with every line. This was a superb production. With the five members of the cast all excellently played, indeed all were outstanding (how they remembered their lines I wouldn't know) all the credit for that must go to Gary Winn. 

The cast had several parts to play, in varying different costumes. When anyone got murdered, problems inevitably reared its head as they tried to  get them off stage, resulting in often the victim having to get up and walk of the stage - much to the merriment of the audience.

The characters were:  Mrs Reece, played by Suzy Brown,she was playing Clarrissa Rook, Lady Bishop's sister, Regine,/ the Fench Maid,/ Patricia Bishop, Lady Bishop's neice. / Letitia Bishop,her sister./ Mr Goodbody...

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Norton College

Norton & Malton Amateur Dramatic Society
Night Must Fall

4 August 2017

This is my first review for Norton & Malton Amateur Dramatic Society, "Nomads", the play "Night Must Fall" by Emlyn Williams, isn't a piece I have come across previously, it has a very dark theme which probably wouldn't appeal to everyone, however I really enjoyed it.  I suspect this play isn't easy to direct, but Roger Kay did an excellent job, with the cast obviously seeing his vision of the intrigue and suspense required for a successful interpretation of the piece.  The cast worked very hard, unfortunately however, on a number of occasions I struggled to hear the dialogue, and there were some hesitant moments.  Putting that to one side, there were creditable performances, Thomas Jennings as the crazy "Dan" was excellent, not an easy role but performed with confidence and obvious...

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Swan Theatre Worcester

Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society (WODS)
Whistle Down the Wind

3 August 2017

Whistle Down the Wind with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman was the 35 th anniversary production by the talented Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society Youth Section. Based on the book written by Mary Hayley Bell and the film starring Hayley Mills and produced by Richard Attenborough the musical takes place in Louisiana in 1959.

The story is simple. We hear a radio broadcast warning of an escaped convict. Meanwhile three youngsters find a man in a barn. He is injured and on answering ‘Jesus Christ’ to them they are convinced this is the second coming spoken about by the local minister. Could he therefore bring back their deceased mother?    

Comprising of 57 youngsters ranging from eight to 18 years of age WODYS once again pulled off a well-rehearsed...

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Kings Theatre Newmarket

Young NOMADS
Urinetown

1 August 2017

NOMADS’ 2017 Summer School students rose with aplomb to the challenges of this quirky musical.   Whilst the title may appear off-putting the clever script and lively score more than makes up for it.  The show satirises capitalism, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, and politics.  It is “lyric-led” and you need to hear the lyrics to not only follow the story but also to appreciate their humour.  

There was much to be admired in this production.  The set was well thought out with town on the main stage and the offices of the Urine Good Company" (or UGC).appropriately looking down on the town from a great height.  The Silhouette backcloth used for the town scenes was splendid and the lighting on the cyc for the internal scenes at the UGC very effective.  Costumes by Sarah...

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