Reviews

Queers

Queers

JT Productions  Chesil Theatre, Winchester Mark Ponsford 29 July  2023 Haunting and memorable. Writing this review on the morning after attending this quietly astonishing evening at the Chesil Theatre, I find myself replaying so many moments in my mind, and if that’s not an example of the effectiveness and power of Fine Theatre, then I don’t know what is. Six wildly contrasting monologues, judiciously selected by Mark Gatiss, all pinpointing specific times in LGBTQ History, and put before us in the Queen Ann Arms, a pub which remains, as the years progress, a consistent and somehow comforting haven, in which the
Read more
Fame

Fame

Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre [CPYT]  The Point, Eastleigh  David A Putley 27 July  2023 CYPT in the capable hands of Mike Mullen and his team have shown once again how to turn a very difficult adult-themed show into something highly accessible and polished. And what is being staged is not a dumbed down children only adaption but the real script and score as it would be performed by professionals and as an ensemble piece it works on so many levels in a way I have not experienced this show before. As written, it has disjointed themes- Fame does cost in
Read more
Handbagged

Handbagged

Lyndhurst Drama & Musical Society    Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst  Anne Waggott 27 July  2023 There is a big challenge when portraying well known, real-life people on stage in a fictional play – if you haven’t actually come across these people yourself, you’re likely to have seen an interpretation of them somewhere along the line, and so have preconceived ideas of what they should be like. For the actors who portray them, there is then an additional challenge in making the role their own whilst still capturing all the nuances and peculiarities of the original – especially when they are two
Read more
Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

New Forest Players    Ballard School, New Milton  Darren Funnell 26 July  2023 It’s easy to sideline Calendar Girls as a bunch of ladies at the Knapeley Village in the late nineties getting their kit off for an alternative WI calendar to raise funds for a local hospital. Put your dental appointment on Miss October, if you please. A media storm driven by the quaint idea that ordinary women can stick their head above the parapet and do something different to raise funds for the community and to fight blood cancer. What it is, however, is an expression of loss.
Read more
May The Farce Be With You

May The Farce Be With You

Highcliffe Charity Players    St Mark’s Church, Highcliffe  Chelsea Ball 26 July  2023 I’ll be honest, today has not been a brilliant day. What with various mishaps with traffic and some very wet washing, I was really not in the mood to be braving the rain and heading to St James’s Church to see Highcliffe Charity Players most recent show. However, how pleased I was to be a part of an audience who had the honour to see a very talented group of people have an absolute blast on stage. I don’t think I am overstating it when I say
Read more
Summer Show: Spies, Lies And Wild West Skies!

Summer Show: Spies, Lies And Wild West Skies!

Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society [RMDS]    Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood KD Johnson 25 July  2023 If you’ve ever been to one of the RMDS Summer Shows at the Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood then you will need no introduction, but for those who haven’t been a brief explanation is required. There are three performance stages, each with its own audience seating, set, lighting, musical director and crew – in three halls dotted around the venue.  There is a meeting area and a cash bar in the middle.  On arrival, each ticket holder is allocated a coloured wristband and becomes
Read more