Reviews

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

Wimborne Drama Productions  Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Carole Gadsby 21 February 2024   What a hilarious comedy this is. The play is set in 1970’s, and the Golden Age of the British Sitcom on television may have come and gone but with the theatre revival of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, it’s fair to say that the Golden Age is making a comeback on our local stages. Directed by Rob Cording-Cook this production lacks nothing, attention to detail, no gag left unturned with superb timing by the cast. The plot is relatable, even in 2024. We see Frank played by James Bourner
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Losing Louis

Losing Louis

Broadstone Players Theatre Company   Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Broadstone Jill Richmond 20 February 2024 Losing Louis, written by British playwright Simon Mendes Da Costa, premiered back in 2005 and is, with its echoes of an Alan Ayckbourn, a bedroom black comedy and a very good one at that. The play, set in the marital bedroom of the play’s namesake Louis and his wife Bobbie Ellis, alternates between a year in the 1960s and the day of Louis’ funeral in 2019. The play boldly deals with many of life’s harder topics, perhaps too many creating too much of a winding rollercoaster
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Les Misérables: School Edition

Les Misérables: School Edition

Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre [CPYT]  The Point, Eastleigh Anne Waggott 14 February 2024 Confession time… Les Misérables is one of my all-time favourite shows. I’ve seen countless professional productions or film versions (both musical and non-musical versions); I’ve read the entire novel (it took a while!); I’ve been involved creatively with previous youth productions… It’s safe to say, this is a show I know very well and love enormously. So it was with considerable mixed emotions of excitement and nervous anticipation that I took my seat on opening night. CPYT have a well-deserved reputation for staging high quality musicals… but would
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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Poulner Players  1st Poulner Scout Hall, Ringwood Chelsea Sherry 14 February 2024 It’s always a bit of a risk to take on a timeless classic. People have expectations in line with original film and stage productions… and have probably seen the show locally a few times before as well! The Wizard of Oz definitely falls within that category, knowing a few people close to me who still regard it as one of their favourites, even after all these years. You can feel safe in the knowledge that Poulner Players have created a good, solid show, with great talent to boot. One
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Six: Teen Edition

Six: Teen Edition

Spot On Productions  The Point, Eastleigh Anne Waggott 3 February 2024 From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the infamous six wives of Henry VIII step up to the mic to reveal their tales in the ultimate fictional singing competition, competing to be crowned the most significant of Henry’s ex-wives, as much with who has the greatest heart-rending sob-story as to who has the finest musical ability. Although based on historical characters, there is dramatic licence at play, so don’t expect everything to be absolutely correct and factual! I may be one of the few people in the audience who hadn’t seen
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The Who’s Tommy

The Who’s Tommy

Spot On Productions  The Point, Eastleigh David A Putley 1 February 2024 Spoiler alert: adult themes and storyline revealed. Any attendees may want to read this after attendance. In a nutshell, the plot follows Tommy who was born while his Father was on the battlefields of World War II. With her husband missing and presumed dead, and a young child in tow, Tommy’s Mother moves on. But, just as she’s ready to marry again, her husband returns and Tommy is witness to the primary traumatic events that leaves the boy “deaf, dumb and blind” with no apparent physical cause. Additional traumas
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