Reviews

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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Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

Maskers Theatre Company  Maskers Studio, Shirley, Southampton Anne Waggott 29 January 2024 There are some themes in life that are universal, transcending all creeds, cultures, genders, or ethnicities… themes such as love: seeking love, finding love, falling in love, losing love… It is this central topic of love which is at the heart of John Cariani’s short American play, Almost, Maine. It’s a strange little play – quirky, abstract and surreal – as it’s constructed from nine small 10-minute vignettes within the overall play, a play about the loves and relationships of a small town’s citizens and visitors, against the backdrop of
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Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Bishopstoke Players  Durley Memorial Hall, Durley David Cradduck 27 January 2024 Just when you thought panto was all over for another year, Bishopstoke Players pop up with a family-friendly version of Dick Whittington, performed over three late January days (plus the statutory matinée of course) at Durley Memorial Hall. Glitzy it’s not. Big budget it’s not. Megastars… not one. But this is traditional family panto at its roots and the essence of it is FUN. I defy anyone to come away from this show without an aching face from smiling and laughing. As nearly 20 actors, young (very young in one or
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Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Lyndhurst Drama & Musical Society  Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst Darren Funnell 26 January 2024 If you’re a fan of a charismatic cat with an affinity for footwear, Puss In Boots delivers a purr-fectly delightful experience that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society (LDMS) again opens its pantomime to largely younger performers offering them a “Purrview” of community stagecraft. It helps LDMS look to the future and, hopefully, is the first step on a path for the talent of tomorrow. I would normally start explaining the plot around about here, but it’s Puss In Boots. It’s Panto. Let’s talk
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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Highcliffe Charity Players  Regent Centre, Christchurch KD Johnson 26 January 2024 Pantomime seems to be doing very well this season and I can understand why. When the news is full of war, terrorism, genocide, and other such nastiness – and even the TV is dominated by Traitors – then you really want to settle down and watch something nice and relaxing about bandits and punitive taxation and … errr, perhaps not – but you know what I mean! A pantomime story is predictable, reliable even – good invariably triumphs over evil, the bad guy gets his comeuppance, usually no-one dies a violent
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Spamalot

Spamalot

SOS Presents  MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton Mark Ponsford 25 January 2024   Spamalot, that delicious musicalisation of Monty Python And The Holy Grail, has, over the years, become a pretty safe bet as a Show That Sells, and such is my devotion to it that I bought my tickets for this current production as soon as they went on sale last year. Being subsequently invited to review it was an unexpected bonus, not least since I’ve seen around a dozen productions of the piece over the years… though I am reliably informed that one of this week’s audience members has chalked this
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