Reviews

Beauties, Beasts and Barricades – A Musical Extravaganza

Beauties, Beasts and Barricades – A Musical Extravaganza

These are stirring times for the Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society which, having been known by that name for 72 years, has re-invented itself as Bournemouth GaSP. The reason is that Gilbert & Sullivan simply don’t put bums on seats any more, at least not in the numbers that allow a Society devoted to their works alone to remain viable. The re-branding will allow the Society to widen its range into other composers’ works, and in many respects this concert is the first step in the process. There are two numbers each from Iolanthe and Pirates, but the rest of
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A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Memories are funny old things… triggered by so many different elements (arguably most emphatically by songs and music), they can hit you completely out of the blue like a sledgehammer, or bring about warm and joyful feelings of happy past occasions… For the second successive show, Studio Theatre have succeeded in transporting me back in my mind to happy childhood memories. During my last visit, Dad’s Army carried me back to cosy Saturday evenings watching the escapades of Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard with my father. Tonight, their musical and comedy variety acts have succeeded in bringing forward so many heartfelt memories
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Suddenly Last Summer

Suddenly Last Summer

If you have never been to a production at the Bournemouth Little Theatre, it is an experience not to be missed. I know I have written about it before, but in this – their 100th anniversary year – it seems time to mention it again. If I tell you that since 1975 it has been above a garage in Winton you might envisage something rough and ready and possibly rather amateurish, but that it most emphatically is not – it is a proper theatre, with tiered seating for 90+, a full, professional lighting rig and a charming green room and bar. It
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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The entire show was a huge success from beginning to end and can only enhance the reputation of this well-loved Musical Society. Emma Fidler, playing the role of Maria, gave us a truly memorable performance, moving from the frustrations to the delights of her character. She sang like an angel and you were entranced by her wonderful singing voice. She was able to capture all the emotions of her role from sadness to happiness. Supporting her was Adrian Lane as Captain von Trapp, who gave us a rounded characterisation from the martinet to a soft and gentle loving husband and
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Private Lives

Private Lives

I was excited to experience two ‘firsts’ tonight: watching the first ever production by Scaramouche Theatre Company and also my first time visiting Milford on Sea Community Centre Theatre. Scaramouche Theatre Company is the brain child of Anne Ponting and Paul Stillwell. Anne directed Paul in Tale of Two Cities at The Regent Centre three years ago and, following on from that, they decided to form a Theatre Group with a view of performing a quality play every year… and this play oozes with quality. From reading the ‘Message from the Director’ in the glossy show programme, it is evident
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Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue, S’il Vous Plait!

Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue, S’il Vous Plait!

You know that thing where people say “I don’t like sprouts” and you say “Have you tried sprouts?”, they say “No” and you say “Well, how do you know you don’t if you won’t try them?” … They still won’t try them. Well, the Farndale Avenue series of plays are my theatrical sprouts. The titles suggest to me that it’s going to be the sort of farcical, Am-Dram staple standard “Play within a play” thing that I just don’t want to either watch or be a part of.  So, when I was asked to review Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue,
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