Reviews

Peter Pan: Adventure To Neverland

Peter Pan: Adventure To Neverland

  Wow! What a magical adventure ride! If you think school productions are only for doting parents and grandparents, think again! The Centre Stage School of Dance & Performing Arts have elevated youth productions to a whole new level with a wonderful adaptation of JM Barrie’s enduring and much-loved classic tale. The original story of Peter Pan, the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook is so well known it needs no explanation. This adaptation had all the timeless aspects of the original, while expanding on the nursery toys and creatures who inhabit Neverland’s mystical world. There are two distinct
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Ones

Ones

  In 1947, to raise much needed funds for their newly formed Society, Bishopstoke Players performed short plays and sketches in Bishopstoke back gardens. In 2022, fresh from a successful, award-winning trio of Drama Festival appearances, they return to their roots with a trio of one act plays to celebrate Bishopstoke Players’ 75th year. Ones is an impressive collection of short plays that showcase the depth of talent amongst the Bishopstoke Players, and it’s easy to see why they have received so many awards in the recent Festivals. The evening opens with Out Of The Flying Pan, a superbly performed
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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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