Reviews

Cash On Delivery

Cash On Delivery

Swanage Drama Company The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage KD Johnson  14 June 2024 The name Cooney is famous in the world of farce – but that would be Ray Cooney, playwright of Run for Your Wife (1983), which ran for 9 years in London’s West End and remains London’s longest running comedy to date.  The current play, running at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage, is by Michael Cooney – his son.  Set in 1994 in the living room of Eric and Linda Swan, of 344 Chilton Road in East London, this hilarious 1997 comedy about benefit fraud harks back to those
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Unbroken Bonds – A Woman’s War

Unbroken Bonds – A Woman’s War

Scaplen’s Community Players The Black Cherry Café Theatre, Boscombe Jade Morrell  8 June 2024   Stepping into Scaplens Community Players’ world for the first time, you are embraced by the warm and immersive atmosphere that positively hums with anticipation. The play for the evening’s performance, Unbroken Bonds, A Women’s War, promised a poignant journey through the untold stories of a community during wartime – a theme as rich with historical significance as it is with emotional depth. The intimate setting of the Black Cherry – which recently announced the sad news of its closure – allows the audience to feel
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Oliver!

Oliver!

Poole & Parkstone Productions [P&P Productions] Lighthouse Arts & Entertainment, Poole Carole Gadsby 5 June 2024 Taking on a musical as beloved and intricate as Lionel Bart’s Oliver is no easy task, but Poole and Parkstone did a fantastic job of bringing the tragic and heartwarming story to the Lighthouse Theatre.  Bart’s adaptation of the classic Dickens novel follows the life of Oliver, an orphan boy in a London workhouse, who upon asking for more food ends up amongst a gang of pickpockets fending for themselves on the streets of London. Despite Oliver’s attempts to fit in and join the business
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Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Bournemouth Little Theatre Bournemouth Little Theatre, Bournemouth JJ 4 June 2024   I was very much looking forward to seeing this classic Neil Simon play. Although perhaps becoming a little dated, it is a funny comedy and it is not performed as often as it should be. The play is set in the same suite in the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1968/9. It is split into three acts each involving a different couple who occupy the suite at that time. The set stays the same throughout and although the set was good it did not convey the sense
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The Little Mermaid Jr

The Little Mermaid Jr

Blue Butterfly Studios The Rose Theatre, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh Anne Waggott 1 June 2024 Second show review of the day… Second Disney production… Second Alan Menken musical of the day… First time seeing Blue Butterfly Studios in action – and I hope it’s not the last! From the larger expansive stage of The Point earlier today to the more compact performance space of The Rose Theatre at Barton Peveril this evening, the two venues couldn’t have been more different, added to which this was also an entirely youth-based performance, with all the performers aged from 7 to
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Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

Spot On Productions The Point, Eastleigh Anne Waggott 1 June 2024 The beauty of musical theatre is that you’re always going to have your favourite shows – and it’s no secret or surprise that Beauty And The Beast is one of mine! So, having loved performing in it 11 years ago, I leapt at the opportunity to see it in all its glory in Spot On Production’s 2024 version. As a much-loved fairy tale, Disney films, and long-standing musical spectacular, there can be very few people who are unfamiliar with the story. For the uninitiated, it’s the story of Belle,
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