Reviews

Christmas Spectacular 2019

Christmas Spectacular 2019

At first I thought that I was going to see an amateur Christmas show, featuring probably some carols and Christmas music, probably very cheesy and possibly of indifferent quality – but I was wrong. The Glad Rag Production Company is a professional outfit and most of the performers in tonight’s show are local (Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire) professional actors, singers and dancers – and how they showed it! There was also a team of young performers ‘The Babes’ and tonight (according to the programme) I saw ‘Team Merry’, who were also very good. There are some elements of pantomime here and some
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Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom follows the story of an 8-year-old evacuee, William Beech, who is sent to live with widower Tom Oakley in the quiet Dorset village of Little Weirwold during the Second World War. From the moment I walked through the doors of the auditorium, I felt transported into a rural setting as I was greeted by a deceptively simple, yet impressive, two-tiered set; I’m fairly sure that there was even the aroma of real wood. The pre-show announcement was in the style of a radio broadcast with a nod to the wartime setting, continuing with the opening ensemble groupings,
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The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale

A brightly-lit Christmas tree initially stands out against a plain pale set, split across two levels, at the opening of the play, reflecting the celebratory mood that prevails between Polixenes, King of Bohemia, and his hosts, Leontes and Hermione, King and Queen of Sicilia. In Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, suspicion and loss, however, the light, literally and figuratively, soon disappears, to be replaced by private grief, belated realisation and enlightened reconciliation. The play is a challenging one: it sits neither within the category of tragedy nor that of comedy; and it covers a span of sixteen years, requiring some of
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The Flint Street Nativity

The Flint Street Nativity

From the author of Calendar Girls comes The Masker’s latest offering, set around the trials and tribulations faced by many primary school teachers: the staging of the annual Nativity play. Mrs Horrocks’ class of seven-year olds is about to perform their version at Flint Street Infant School for the proud mums and dads, social workers, relatives, ‘friends’ and Aunty, as the revelations of the children’s mainly dysfunctional lives are slowly revealed via alternative lyric sung carols observations. The children are played by adults, who later play their parents. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles she’s
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Shush

Shush

The Plaza Theatre Green Room is the perfect intimate setting for the latest RAODS’ production of Elaine Murphy’s most recent play Shush – a play commissioned by the celebrated Abbey Theatre in Dublin (The National Theatre of Ireland), which has been a centre of Irish drama and a breeding ground for fine realistic acting for over 100 years. Shush continues in this tradition of ‘naturalism’ where the audience is invited to eavesdrop on the conversations of ordinary people living out their lives. Elaine Murphy is a native of Dublin who first came to prominence with her award winning debut play
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