Reviews

Pies and Prejudice

Pies and Prejudice

The beautiful reception room of the Mayor’s Winchester residence was the perfect setting for Pies and Prejudice, an amusing exploration of the importance of food in Jane Austin’s letters and novels. As Austin was born and lived in the Hampshire village of Chawton before moving to Winchester, Abbey House was a particularly fitting location, with the venue and costumes (on loan from neighbouring Chesil Theatre) transporting us back to Regency England. Cecily O’Neill’s short (30-minute) play concerns the observations and opinions of two female characters on food, health, gardening and marriage – all topics that Austin referred to in great
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Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures

  No-one could have known that my review of Timon of Athens at the Bournemouth Little Theatre in February last year would be my last review anywhere for 17 months. Tonight’s production of Playhouse Creatures is my first since then and only the second main production at this theatre in that same time-frame. Maybe one day someone will write a play about the COVID-19 pandemic – it might even be performed at the BLT. Having recently read The Diaries of Samuel Pepys, who was an enthusiastic theatre-goer, I was excited to see a play set in the period covered by his
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The Princess and the Pauper

The Princess and the Pauper

This new musical was inspired by the classic tale of mistaken identity – The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. In this version two girls, with identical appearances, swap roles. Tess is born a pauper to a cruel, dishonest father, whilst Bess is the daughter of the King of England. After changing clothes, Bess is mistakenly expelled from the palace and discovers to her horror what life is like living in poverty in Tudor London. Tess, on the other hand, is astonished to find herself living in a palace. Despite her protestations, she is unable to convince the courtiers
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Elizabeth Hyde (Pirates, Castaways & Codfish event)

Elizabeth Hyde (Pirates, Castaways & Codfish event)

Poole Town has an incredibly interesting and varied maritime history which is passionately preserved by many local groups and businesses. It’s this passion which brings so many historical and celebratory events to Poole each year. This weekend I headed over to Scaplen’s Court in Old Town Poole to watch the Scaplen’s Court Players perform Elizabeth Hyde at Pirates, Castaways and Codfish. The event was free, with donations gratefully received, and is designed for people of all ages. With storytelling, live theatre, boat building and sea shanties available, it was a pretty packed morning! Elizabeth Hyde was set in one of
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Curtain Up!

Curtain Up!

Congratulations to New Forest Players for being one of the first groups to restart productions, particularly as the cast of five were all new members! The choice of a comedy is a good one, as audiences are almost certainly looking for something light-hearted after the experiences of the last sixteen months. Curtain Up! by Peter Quilter is a 2004 comedy about five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre. Together, they plan to bring the place back to life, and the plot covers the ensuing challenges and conflicts. This includes organising a concert where a world-famous star has
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Murder Mystery Walk by the Castle

Murder Mystery Walk by the Castle

  It was with great anticipation that I made the journey to Corfe to watch the Double Act drama group perform their Murder Mystery Walk. Not only was this the first review that I had done for quite some time, it was for a type of show that I had never seen, or been a part of, before. The group should be extremely proud of themselves though, not just because it was an inspired idea with the talent to back it up, but also because it must have been a real challenge to pull together with the sheer number of
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