Reviews

Still Alice

Still Alice

  Still Alice was adapted by Christine Mary Dunford from the book by Lisa Genova. This play premiered in the Looking Glass Theatre in Chicago in April 2013. Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven, a professional at the top of her game, before, at the age of fifty, she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and forced to face her new reality. Her deterioration is viewed not only through her transformed relationship with her family, but the way in which she engages with her own mind. The interplay between Alice and ‘Herself’ enables us to see the disconnect between
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The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

There can be few people who are unaware of The Sound Of Music. Even if they don’t know the story or any of the songs (as unlikely as this may seem!), most have at least heard of it! It’s the ‘true’ story of a postulant assigned as governess to a widowed naval Captain’s seven children, as the family become the highly acclaimed von Trapp Family Singers against a backdrop of love, war and peaceful efforts. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s stage musical (with a 1959 Broadway debut, followed by its West End premiere in 1961) has significant differences to the 1965 film,
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For The Love Of Music

For The Love Of Music

  “Sit back and relax”, you said – and I certainly did that. It was pure joy from beginning to end. This Company, who are famous in Dorset for their Gilbert and Sullivan Productions, certainly made me feel at home with this lively and inspiring collection of songs from the shows. I loved the innovative way each section was designed starting with ‘When You Fall In Love’ and ending with ‘Memories Live On’, before the ‘Finale’ of Pirates Of Penzance. Amanda King opened the show with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and was joined by Bruce Vyner and the ensemble. The
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Chess The Musical

Chess The Musical

I was not familiar with this musical and little did I know I was in for a treat. I was enthralled from beginning to end. The musical is a romantic epic concerning a love triangle that arises between two Chess Grandmasters, one Russian and one American, and the Hungarian-born refugee caught between them. This musical tells us that all the world is a chess game and we are merely the pawns playing the game. The imposing figure of Julian Smith (The Arbiter) in his amazing costume set the stage for what was to come. His performance was outstanding and he
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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

  I was excited to attend the latest comedy musical by BBLOC, having seen their brilliant Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert in 2017, and this show certainly didn’t disappoint. Cyndi Lauper, the Tony award winning popstar, wrote Kinky Boots and the West End show won three Olivier awards in 2016, including Best New Musical. The plot is largely based on true events. Charlie Price inherits a struggling shoe factory in Northampton, where they make good quality, but unfashionable men’s shoes. Despite his plans to move to London with his ambitious fiancée, he reluctantly decides to try to save the business.
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Duet For One

Duet For One

  With over 100 years of history, based in an intimate 96 seat auditorium in Winton, the Bournemouth Little Theatre continues to impress with the presentation of high calibre productions, as exemplified by its latest offering of Tom Kempinski’s celebrated Duet For One presented by ImpAct Theatre. This immensely poignant play was first staged in 1980 when it won the London Theatre Critics Award for best play. Since then, it has featured a number of stars of stage, including Frances De La Tour and Juliet Stevenson, and Julie Andrews with Alan Bates in a film version. Duet For One was
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