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Westenders

Westenders

Milton Musical Society    Forest Arts Centre, New Milton  Carole Gadsby  30 November 2022 The atmosphere as we walked into Forest Arts was buzzing with anticipation and excitement; we were warmly greeted by Front of House staff, which contributes to the feeling of “this is going to be good”. What I was expecting I am not sure, but I was certainly not disappointed. The barman at The King Henry, Cayton Francis, opened the proceedings with all the other characters in tableaus strategically placed around the stage.  Dan Murrell as Fagin was superb in his interpretation of ‘Gotta Pick A Pocket
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This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

The playwright, Joel Horwood, takes the basic premise that global warming is caused by capitalism and adds other tropes such as the abuse of power, the threat posed from outsiders and the desire to build a better society. This production was performed by twelve women from the BA (Hons) Acting course, supported by students from two of the Costume Design courses and the Make-Up for Media and Performance course. Several disenchanted young women have formed The Community on a platform out at sea, to create a better way of living. They rail against the negative effects of Capitalism and inequality,
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Talking Heads

Talking Heads

  Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads is the latest delightful treat on offer from Redlynch Players, staged in the charming and cosy Redlynch Village Hall. For many people there is only one Alan Bennett, and he requires no introduction – a household name and a much-loved national treasure, whose stage and TV writings are well liked and appreciated. He is undoubtedly one of the most popular mainstream dramatists in Britain today. Arguably he sealed his reputation as a master of wry observation and insights into the human condition with the classic Talking Heads series of 12 hard hitting monologues, featuring a
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Peggy For You

Peggy For You

To my everlasting regret, I managed to miss both the World Premiere of this play at the Hampstead Theatre in 1999, when it received an Olivier nomination for Best New Comedy, and the revival, again at Hampstead, towards the end of last year. My loss. But now that I’ve finally caught up with it at the Chesil Theatre, exquisitely produced, directed and performed, my gain, and everyone else’s too. It charts a day in the life of Margaret (‘Peggy’) Ramsay, the forthright and formidable literary agent whose championing of New Writers went a considerable way towards the transformation of the
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Godspell

Godspell

After a long, tiring day at work and then travelling straight to Ferndown in the pouring rain I was so hoping this musical performed by P&P was going to be worth it. Godspell is not a musical I am familiar with only knowing it is based around the stories of the Bible and not being overly religious I was sceptical as to whether or not I would enjoy it but wow! I was blown away. This production, directed by Jo Legg and choreographed by Leanne Holland, was all you could hope for in a musical and with Chris McDoull as
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Until The Sun Goes Down

Until The Sun Goes Down

The second of four productions this term showcasing third year students on AUB’s BA (Hons) theatre courses features a cast of ten in a play derived from an original script by Creative Writing student Hannah Probyn-Duncan. At just under an hour and a half in length and played, wisely, without an interval, the production follows Edward, a young gay man, who runs away from home to make a new beginning in 1986 Bournemouth. At the same time, it seeks to explore and reflect (how accurately I don’t know) on the town’s LGBT+ culture from the period when AIDS was taking
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