Reviews

The Real Thing

The Real Thing

Tom Stoppard’s 1982 (some say autobiographical) play about Love, Relationships, Fidelity, Commitment and Betrayal, is here given a first-class outing in Marcus Whitfield’s directing debut in the intimate surroundings of Winchester’s Chesil Theatre. On David Woodward’s simple and adaptable set, all grey walls, angular furniture and subdued lighting, we first meet Max (Jim Glaister) accusing his wife Charlotte (Sarah Andrews) of adultery at which point she leaves. But this is not real life; this is a scene from a new play written by Charlotte’s husband Henry (Steve Clark), inspired by his affair with Max’s wife Annie (Helen Symes). Meanwhile Annie,
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Botox Or Bust

Botox Or Bust

Botox Or Bust is a brand-new musical comedy, written by local Bournemouth-based playwright, lyricist and composer Lisa Gaye Wright, which strives to explore society’s obsession with ageing and its chase for the elusive fountain of youth in a never-ending battle to stave off wrinkles and grey hair. In an all-female production, the focus is on Madeline Green (Jo Mansfield), a newly divorced, recently turned 50 year old who will go to any lengths to fend off the visible effects of middle age. Madeline (Jo Mansfield) has clearly been influenced sartorially by Bet Lynch and Sandy Olsson, with Mansfield giving a
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Grease

Grease

This show as directed with deft flair and panache by Wayne Ings, lively, inventive choreography by Chris Magdziarz and the wonderful on stage band under MD Matt Lemon is joyous. I could easily end there because this cast is so talented and the overall show from every aspect is so good, superlatives are going to run dry or at the very least indulge in repetition. For Pointless viewers and pub quizzers, the original Grease was not the erstwhile film of 1978 but written in 1971 and ran for 3388 performances, the longest on Broadway until Chorus Line overtook it. Back
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Songs For A New World

Songs For A New World

When is a musical not a musical? When it’s a Song Cycle – a collection of songs, possibly in different styles, but all linked by a common theme. This, then, is what Spot On brought to the intimate setting of The Point’s foyer, in the form of composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s creation, first produced Off-Broadway in 1995. Brown, perhaps best known for his musicals Parade, The Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County, has put together this very varied collection of songs all connected by the theme ‘The moment of decision’. Presented ‘in the round’ and performed by
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Goodnight Mr Tom

Goodnight Mr Tom

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey last night as RAODS staged their production of Goodnight Mr Tom.  This story is packed with emotion. At one point I was sat watching feeling incredibly sad and the next completely uplifted. This moving tale follows the life of evacuee William Beech who ends up in the English country with elderly recluse Tom Oakley. This relationship shows that with love and friendship, you have everything to live for! This classic novel by Michelle Magorian was spectacularly bought to life on stage by the group and had
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Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd

Attending a production adapted from a favourite author is a gamble: it can be very enjoyable seeing a familiar work of fiction brought to the stage; or it can be a disappointing anti-climax. Overall, this production meets the former criteria, the adaptation by director Kenneth Robertson rooted firmly in key passages from the novel, remaining faithful to Hardy’s characters and narrative priorities. Alice Basaral’s set design is simple and effective, avoiding cliché and allowing the cast to make relatively simple alterations to suggest a range of settings. A clean circle, the upstage half steeply raked, amid leaf-strewn green flooring is
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