Reviews

Mayhem At The Inn

Mayhem At The Inn

I remember Scaplens Court from when I was a child; it was always an exciting place to go with my school for a day away from school, and of course lessons. Having now grown up (ish), I wouldn’t have naturally thought to return to the museum, so I was very interested to attend the Pirates, Castaways and Codfish event today, if only for the sense of nostalgia. The event was organized by Poole Bay Rotary Club who do a huge amount of work in the local community. One of the highlights of the day was Mayhem At The Inn, a
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She Stoops To Conquer

She Stoops To Conquer

Surely there can be nothing better, nor more quintessentially British, than open air theatre in the summertime – especially when accompanied by fine weather, a picnic hamper and long daylight hours – although theatre goers in this part of the world know that it is always sensible to apply some insect repellent in place of eau de cologne, as a precautionary measure! Wimborne Drama Productions (WDP) has a rich history of staging amateur theatre stretching back to 1932, with an annual calendar normally comprising three plays. For the sixth time, this includes an outdoor production in the picturesque grounds and
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The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

Dorothy’s ruby slippers are tip-tapping across the Tivoli stage this week as Wimborne Musical Theatre head in a very different direction from the comparative sophistication of their last two shows, Sister Act and 9 to 5. In many ways The Wizard of Oz is the American parallel to Alice in Wonderland, with its innocent but resourceful young heroine and its surreal, dream-like quality. Like Alice here, it is deeply ingrained in American culture, aided by the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland. There is a touch of pantomime in there, too, and I always want to boo and hiss the
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Death Knell

Death Knell

Henry Roth (David Wickham) wrote the successful thriller Blood Lust many years ago. It is performed in many theatres, translated into 12 languages and adapted for television, where it runs endlessly on repeat. It has left him comfortably well off in his remote Highland retreat, where he lives with his wife of 5 years, Evelyn (Denise King). Nothing he has written since has come anywhere near its success. Could his new play, Death Knell, featuring in the lead role an unknown young actor named Jack Willoughby (Steve Watton), equal or surpass the success of his original block-buster? He hopes so – but his
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Around The World In 20 Shows

Around The World In 20 Shows

For years, Southampton Operatic Society has successfully been producing shows of a high quality, incorporating the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and other operatic pieces. However, it is quite easy to forget that they are an amateur group after all. As the group approaches their 100th year, it is evident that they are at the top of their game. Personally, I have never been to an SOS production so I was keen to see if they lived up to their reputation – and they certainly did. Around the World in 20 Shows takes into account a variety of different musicals
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Silent Mind

Silent Mind

Theatre for Life Youth Theatre is a Community Interest Company set up to support local performers (aged 14 – 25 years) in the Southampton area and is fully inclusive for young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, some disadvantaged circumstances and/or those with special educational needs. The Company’s ethos is “to create inspiring and challenging theatre that is innovative and collaborative, whilst building confidence and performance skills.” With that in mind, Theatre For Life set about to devise a piece of interactive theatre that is hard hitting and highly topical – an exploration of mental health issues and ways in which
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