Reviews

Doubt, A Parable

Doubt, A Parable

It’s a real privilege being asked to review plays for Scene One. I get to see plays I wouldn’t normally go to see. I’d never heard of this play which seems a little surprising given it’s so current and on topic considering historical child abuse cases perpetrated by clergy back in the ‘60s. I definitely wouldn’t have gone to see Doubt, A Parable… …probably. Which would have been a shame. It’s always a marvel BLT can fit any set onto their tiny stage and what they did fit was an excellent, very cleverly conceived set that, with simple light changes,
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The Audience

The Audience

First premiered in February 2013, The Crown writer Peter Morgan’s imagined meetings between Elizabeth II and seven of her thirteen Prime Ministers is a fascinating conceit, as we will never ever know what was actually discussed, but Morgan’s writing, together with Samuel Hodge’s direction and Rosanna Vize’s intimate setting, draws us into the private world of the royal audience, and surely what we see must contain more than a grain of truth! Staged in a rarely-used traverse layout, with audience both in front of and behind the actors, almost all the action takes place on a small carpeted dais, simply
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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a bestselling novel by Marina Lewyka, first published in 2005. The novel is a tragic comedy which by equal measure is full of absurd farce and immense sadness, as the chaotic present life and grim former life of central character 84 year old widower Nikolai is told. The story is interlaced with droll extracts from a short book on the history of Ukrainian tractors that Nickolai is writing. Multi award winning playwright Tanika Gupta was commissioned to adapt this novel for the stage and the play made its debut at the renowned
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The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

Christchurch is alive with the sound of music! This year, Bournemouth Musical Theatre have turned their attention to one of the nation’s most loved musicals, The Sound of Music. Set during Nazi Germany’s acquisition of Austria in 1938, the show tells the story of the free-spirited Maria who is sent to look after the Von Trapp children whilst she considers whether she wants to become a nun. So how do you solve the problem of bringing Maria’s story to life? Director David Sandham’s answer is evident to see: with plenty of enthusiasm, fun choreography, colourful characterisation and a unique set.
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Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

Unless living down a rabbit hole yourself, most are likely to be very familiar with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The narrative follows the titular character as she navigates a bizarre world filled with peculiar and ‘mad’ creatures. With its wealth of colourful characters, the stage version gives each individual their chance to shine, certainly the case with SDC Supernovas’ show. SDC Supernovas aims to be an inclusive group where children of all abilities can take part, make friends and improve their performance skills, no matter their background. It is with this in mind that I found it delightful to
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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

I’m not sure I can put into words how my mum’s eyes lit up when I told her that our next review was going to be Steel Magnolias. Having watched the 1989 film featuring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, she (and I) came with very high expectations, and I am delighted to say that those expectations were both met and succeeded. Set in the Deep South, the play is based in a hair salon owned by the very glamourous Truvy. It follows the stories of six very different women over the period of 18 months and tells us of their
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