Reviews

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

The first thing to be said about Spot On’s first foray into the world of Pantomime is that it’s lavish, spectacular (not least with regard to the well plotted sound and lighting, crucial elements always), and fantastic value for money… and since I paid for my ticket, I can say that with extra confidence! Author Pob Wyeth’s script has been given some wonderfully energetic direction by Alick Leech, Abbie Jennings’ choreography is a well-prepared joy, and MD Martin Bennett’s terrific 7-piece band provide sterling support throughout, with Matt Lemon’s sparkling arrangements. In some respects, the band are a driving force
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One Last Card Trick

One Last Card Trick

The Wikipedia entry for Kinson begins with the words “Kinson is a former village which has been absorbed by the town of Bournemouth” and such is the case – as also with many other villages across the conurbation. The Kinson Community Centre at Pelhams Park, however, retains the look and feel of a village institution: there are classes and community activities going on in every room; there are books for sale, bread for sale, pottery and bric-a-brac for sale – all, as far as I can see, on an “honesty box” basis. There is a nice little bar/café and everyone
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and SUSU here at the Annex Theatre on the Nuffield Campus have put together a very traditional version, give or take the odd 21st Century addition and modern dress approach.   A vast array of performers and directors would leave this review with really just a list of names. It would be somewhat unfair to highlight anybody’s specific performance as this is very much an ensemble piece, each playing their part well. Diction and character were all well served. However, standing out just a little from the crowd, due
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Girls Like That

Girls Like That

I have to confess that Evan Placey’s play, which focuses on a group of ten schoolgirls/young women in its dissection of slut-shaming, cyber-bullying and the pressures and tensions within female peer groups, was new to me before this performance. It’s a gem. Co-commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse, it was first performed in 2013 and provides an ideal vehicle for groups such as the graduating students of Arts University Bournemouth. Its jumps to and fro in time, its cameo scenes that feature different members of the ensemble cast and its opportunities for verbal and
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Murder On Cue

Murder On Cue

On a cold, wet and windy evening, I wound my way through half-lit country lanes to a venue I have not had the pleasure of visiting before. However, the warm and friendly welcome I received proved a great start to a very enjoyable evening. This group has been delighting audiences for over fifty years and tonight’s performance which was very well supported is no exception. As the curtains sweep back, the audience is transported to the lounge of a retirement home for thespians, Maple Lodge. Adorning the walls of this simple bright room are some rather lovely, black and white
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Return To Thrush Green

Return To Thrush Green

Community theatre can be many different things to many different people, and may be defined as “theatre made by and intended for members of a community”. In this instance, it is a collaboration between two well established local drama groups, Fordingbridge Players and Redlynch Players, to perform to their friends, families and loyal supporters the world premiere of this play by Redlynch Players’ own Ron Perry – and it has provided for the community a very amusing evening of comical entertainment, much needed in the current climate! Return To Thrush Green is the sequel to Perry’s previous original adaptation of
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