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Roger Lamb

Relatively Speaking

Relatively Speaking

  The Summer has passed, the rains have come at last and the nights are drawing in.  Doom and gloom has descended upon us with the war in Ukraine and a cost of living crisis – and then the TV schedules are full of the funeral arrangements for our late monarch.  This comedy play, which launched Alan Ayckbourn’s stage writing career originally titled Meet My Father in 1965, is just the play to bring a smile to your face and to chase those blues away.  There is no better place to do so than the Bournemouth Little Theatre; I have often said
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Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

I was amazed to discover that this excellent evening’s entertainment was staged in 3 days with prior music rehearsals only. The team of Mike Mullen, Louise Hodson, Ian Partridge, together with the late Nigel Finch, should feel immensely proud to have put together this complex and challenging work to such a high standard. Starting out as a 1960 low budget non-musical B-movie by cult moviemaker Roger Corman, the film was adapted as a musical back in 1982 for an independent “off-off-broadway” theatre, and it’s clear that for this production, CPYT have very much taken the show back to its roots,
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Copacabana

Copacabana

When I made my journey into Christchurch for Highcliffe Charity Players performance of Copacabana, I expected colour, dancing and, of course, feathers! What I didn’t expect was a really interesting storyline which dealt with some very adult themes. The musical begins with Stephen, an aspiring song writer desperate to make his mark with his writing whilst neglecting his new wife, Samantha. His imagination creates Lola, a plucky, optimistic wannabe actress and Tony, a talented, romantic worker at the Copacabana, THE nightclub in New York. They both encounter some interesting characters as they navigate young love, ambitious career aspirations and a
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Twelfth Night [Outdoor Production]

Twelfth Night [Outdoor Production]

After two years of not being able to perform live, owing to some virus or other, I am pleased to say that BOAT are back “on the island” with a triumphant production of Twelfth Night. Attending one of these events on a fine Summer’s evening is an all-in-one package of delights.  There is a trip across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island, a couple of hours or so to mingle with the Red Squirrels, the Common Terns on the lagoon and/or your fellow BOATers, while indulging in whatever food and drink you brought over with you (or are partaking in from
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Summer Show 2022

Summer Show 2022

I had never been to see the infamous yearly Summer Show by RMDS which appears to be a regular yearly offering from the group, which like many things had to delayed due to the pandemic. However on a warm summer evening there was no better way to spend the time than amongst this highly talented group. RMDS’s Summer Show is made up of three separate short productions in three different locations around the Greyfriars Community Centre in the heart of Ringwood. A well organised front of house team guided 3 different groups of audiences (wonderful idea to give coloured wrist
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Tons Of Money

Tons Of Money

Tons Of Money is a farce written by British writers, Will Evans and Arthur Valentine. The play follows Aubrey Allington, a failed inventor facing financial ruin, who finds out he has come into a large sum of money at the death of his brother. Surrounded by a group of colourful characters, Aubrey has to navigate his way around a number of interesting situations to get as much of the inheritance as he possibly can. The trouble is, there’s others who are interested in the money too. Swanage Drama Company have brought this play to life at the Mowlem Theatre, and
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