Reviews

Deathtrap

Deathtrap

  What a relief! Live theatre is back! To walk into a theatre foyer, pick up a ticket and take a seat in an auditorium felt so good tonight. Added to that, the production itself comes with a Covid-related twist and one of those behind-the-scenes stories that are themselves the stuff of theatre. Navigate the twists and turns of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, performed by the London Repertory Players, a company within which members share various local connections, including Set Designer/Dresser Julia Wojciechowska and Design Assistant Frankie Giggins, both recent graduates of Arts University Bournemouth. Since 2015, LRP have brought an
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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

I can imagine Shakespeare’s audience trudging through a wet London, transported to the warmer climes of Messina, to see a play about love. The MTC had the benefit of not needing a roof. Glorious sunshine overlooking a stage simply set to evoke the spirit of warm renaissance Italian nights on the terrace. Picnic chairs and a clink of glasses. An irresistible spirit on a hot July night. The director, Brian Stansbridge, is right. Gender politics plays a large part why this is more ado in Much Ado. Elizabethan men saw that the role of women in society was diversifying (Beatrice)
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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Given that Poole is famously a sea-faring town, with a rich history of pirates and sailors visiting the port, it was a clever move to organize a production of Treasure Island at the Lighthouse, Poole. Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island follows the story of Jim Hawkins. It is set in the days of sailing ships and tells us of Jim’s adventures in his search for buried treasure. Whilst I appreciate that not every Society has to ability to do this, it was really nice to see that the programmes were freely available for all in
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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

This is a play that tries too hard. Its very title has a smack of pretension about it: for those who are not quantum physicists, Heisenberg’s principle is basically that you cannot measure the position and the momentum of a particle simultaneously. The play has been rightly criticised for its “self-conscious intellectualism”, offering as it does a series of epigrams which sound profound but are mostly either trite or meaningless – e.g. “People think too much about who they are; we should worry more about what we do” – plus the obligatory sprinkling of barely relevant four-letter words. Ironically, underneath
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Footlights Showstoppers

Footlights Showstoppers

This evening I watched Footlights Youth Theatre perform Footlights Showstoppers, a musical compilation show full of modern musical pieces performed by an incredibly able and enthusiastic cast who vary from ages 7-18. There are no ‘costumes’ in the show but each cast member is dressed in black with a hint of red. This simple yet effective idea worked well but perhaps more than one colour may have added a little something extra. The evening was focused on singing although the cast proved, with the final number of ‘You Can’t Stop The beat’ that they could have easily coped with more
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Be More Chill

Be More Chill

  This is terrific stuff. This sci fi musical has so many nods to Dear Evan Hansen, Little Shop Of Horrors, Spring Awakening and Rent, yet somehow retains its own quirky individuality mainly because of its bonkers plot and excellent score. Set in a New Jersey High School, Grease this is not and some of the mild adult themes from the opening onwards are not for the faint hearted, and yet in the hands of such a brilliant Production Team, although totally on the knuckle, is not shockingly distasteful either. Loner shy and awkward Jeremy is tempted to become the
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