Reviews

Lark On The Wing

Lark On The Wing

  Redlynch Players and Fordingbridge Players have re-joined forces to present the premiere of Lark On The Wing, a new play retelling the life of much-loved author Flora Thompson, written and directed by Ron Perry. The two theatre groups have collaborated with great success previously and Ron Perry has established a good track record with them. The run of success continues with this latest delightful production. Flora Thompson is probably best known through the BBC Lark Rise To Candleford television series that ran from 2008 to 2011 and made household names of its cast. Great Sunday evening viewing that provided
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Ladies In Retirement

Ladies In Retirement

One of the things I have always loved most about theatre is getting to enjoy a brand new play that I have not yet had the enjoyment of attending.  I had no clue what to expect when we reached the Chesil Theatre in the heart of historic Winchester, and the production certainly didn’t disappoint.  I simply have to start with the set and costumes. They were utterly breathtaking. From the green and cold Pianoforte, the chaise longue that I wish was in my living room, and to the period perfect costumes and wigs. I actually uttered the word “wow” when
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Tectonic

Tectonic

  The title of this devised piece from the students at AUB – Tectonic – originates from a term in geology relating to the structure of the Earth’s crust and the large-scale processes which take place within it. This led me to expect that the production would tackle an important issue concerning the structure of society and the activities and procedures underlying it. The core issue explored was feminism, which was investigated from the perspective of three different time periods – the 1820s, the 1960s and the present day – whilst some of the themes explored in this context included
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Out Of Order

Out Of Order

Following on from the unmentionable “unprecedented” event, many theatre companies around the county are battling against the odds to get back on stage. Broadstone Players are no different, having had to wait two years since Out Of Order was originally due to be performed. This was clearly a passion project for the director, John Sivewright, and the cast as everyone on stage appeared to be having a great time. Judging by the audience reactions throughout the production, I think it’s fair to say that they were having a great time too. Out Of Order is a farce written by Ray
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Still Alice

Still Alice

  Still Alice was adapted by Christine Mary Dunford from the book by Lisa Genova. This play premiered in the Looking Glass Theatre in Chicago in April 2013. Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven, a professional at the top of her game, before, at the age of fifty, she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and forced to face her new reality. Her deterioration is viewed not only through her transformed relationship with her family, but the way in which she engages with her own mind. The interplay between Alice and ‘Herself’ enables us to see the disconnect between
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The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

There can be few people who are unaware of The Sound Of Music. Even if they don’t know the story or any of the songs (as unlikely as this may seem!), most have at least heard of it! It’s the ‘true’ story of a postulant assigned as governess to a widowed naval Captain’s seven children, as the family become the highly acclaimed von Trapp Family Singers against a backdrop of love, war and peaceful efforts. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s stage musical (with a 1959 Broadway debut, followed by its West End premiere in 1961) has significant differences to the 1965 film,
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