Reviews

Inspector Drake And The Time Machine

Inspector Drake And The Time Machine

Bishopstoke Memorial Hall is tucked away in a beautiful location right next to the river in Bishopstoke. I had never been here before and the hall itself brought back many a fond memory for me as it reminded me of my old village hall back in the heart of Somerset, where I spent many a night performing plays and pantomimes with my Dad. I was really excited for Inspector Drake And The Time Machine this evening as my own father had actually played the inspector in Inspector Drake’s Last Case some six or seven years ago and I knew just
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The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers

The most difficult thing about The Gondoliers is the opening number, which is actually about half a dozen numbers that segue into each other – it is more than a quarter of an hour into the show before there’s any spoken dialogue – and includes some quite tricky chorus work. At the first night of every amateur production I’ve seen, that number has been a bit rough round the edges. This one was no exception, but with the initial hurdle cleared, it got better and better and provided the audience with, in Gianetta’s words, “too much happiness”. One reason the
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REVIEW – Mary Shelley

REVIEW – Mary Shelley

The Plaza Theatre in Romsey was built in the early 1930’s and is enticingly billed as an Art Deco venue with bucket loads of character, (in fact this is an entirely accurate description). It is also home to the much praised Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS). So, for these reasons, as first time visitors, we were expecting a double whammy of a treat. We were not disappointed. The latest RAODS production is Mary Shelley, a play by multiple award winning playwright and screen writer Helen Edmundson, which was first performed nationwide to critical acclaim in 2012.  The cinema
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Agnes Of God

Agnes Of God

Agnes Of God. There’s something in the title alone which is very chilling, and alludes to the possibility of a spine-tingling performance. Whilst I was relieved to find that the play itself was not horror based, and therefore hiding my face behind a pillow not necessary, the performance was extremely engaging, thrilling and left all of the audience in suspense throughout. The play itself tells the story of Dr Martha Livingston, a court appointed psychiatrist, who is sent to evaluate Sister Agnes. Sister Agnes is a young nun who has recently born a child, which mysteriously was found strangled. Dr
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Love Letters

Love Letters

It’s Date Night for me and the ex-wife (long story, and this isn’t about me). You don’t really want Date Night to end in tears, now, do you? Well, it did. Kind of. But, in a good way. The Larderhouse in Southbourne is a quirky and interesting venue, and, for my mind, the perfect place for this kind of theatre. “A different kind of production”, as director Angie Gray told me; and it is. Different, deeply moving, funny in places, beautiful in places, heart-breaking in places and delivered in a format and manner that suits the piece like no other
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The Unvarnished Truth

The Unvarnished Truth

You’ve heard of the ‘Multiverse Theory’, right? The theory that there are maybe an infinite number of universes running parallel to our own, each one similar to the last, but with subtle or maybe dramatic differences. Well, imagine yourself transported to an alternate universe where everybody speaks every word as though they are in a Ray Cooney farce from the 1970s and the situations they are in are dealt with in a manner we would perceive as massively unnatural, but, in the ‘Farciverse’ as I will call it, a totally normal and natural way. A place where, say, the death
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