Reviews

Cheshire Cats

Cheshire Cats

I was mystified at first by the title of this moving comedy drama but it soon becomes clear that it has nothing to do with Alice in Wonderland or cats and refers instead to a mixed bag of ladies from Cheshire, who form a team to take part in the MoonWalk, London. The MoonWalk is a charity walking marathon which takes place at night in the streets of London over the full 26.2 miles for some, or a half-marathon for others, with the aim of raising money for breast cancer treatment. I was vaguely aware of it to start with
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Holmes and Watson

Holmes and Watson

This is my second show at The Shelley within a few weeks. My friend, Helen, who accompanied me, hadn’t been before – but it is charming, rustic, rough and ready, with unplastered walls – a work in progress. If you haven’t been before, then I recommend that you do – at least once – you may find it addictive. I could say much the same about the Black Cherry Theatre Company, though in this case neither of us had been there before either. I didn’t know quite what to expect. I read their resumé, I read the eProgramme*. It seems that they
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Plays ‘n’ Chips

Plays ‘n’ Chips

Where else can you get an evening’s entertainment and a fish and chip supper for a little over a tenner? Just entering the nearly full hall you can see Broadstone Players is a thriving Society. Every year their evening of one act plays showcases new directors and new talent. Three plays, three new directors, 15 characters with barely any doubling up, and three different prompts. Many companies only dream of fielding such a large team. The evening started with Tunnel Vision by Sheila Hodgson and directed by Alyssa Thompson. Set on some platforms of the Northern Line, the genre of
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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

Bournemouth Little Theatre is tucked away in a Winton side street on the upper floor of garage premises and, with limited external signage, it’s not the easiest place to find for anyone who’s visiting for the first time. On the other hand the unconventional street setting and narrow entrance door, more akin to a Soho Nightclub, simply adds to the occasion of seeing what promised to be an edgy play. Harold Pinter has had an enormous influence on British Theatre and The Birthday Party is one of his most performed plays. It had its debut in 1958 and was Pinter’s
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Murder Mistaken

Murder Mistaken

London Repertory Players’ 2019 summer season at Boscombe’s Shelley Theatre closes with a play that is new to me by a writer also new to me. Janet Green’s Murder Mistaken was written and first performed in 1952 and is ideally suited to the repertoire of a company that gives us a taste of the days of much-missed weekly rep. LRP’s seasons have now reintroduced to Bournemouth the sort of productions that used to inhabit the lost Palace Court Theatre or tour to the Pavilion Theatre during the 1950s (and maybe earlier but my parents’ programmes cover only that decade). Emma
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Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Youth theatre can sometimes make even the hardened reviewer’s heart sink. However, RicNic is very different. RicNic is a charitable organisation with the purpose of producing full scale productions where every member of the company, from those onstage, backstage, in the pit and in the production team, are aged between 16 and 21. Watching the talented company, it is very easy to forget how young they actually are! The musical version of Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 film of the same name, which starred Julie Andrews. Set in the roaring Twenties, the show follows Millie Dillmount, a
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