Reviews

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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The Small Hours

The Small Hours

  Leaving the frantic comedy of Alan Ayckbourn behind, London Repertory Players continue their five-week repertory season with a clear change of mood for their second production, presenting one of Francis Durbridge’s finely-crafted thrillers. And they do so very successfully, providing an evening’s entertainment that never suffers from lack of pace or interest and never fails to keep its audience absorbed. Durbridge is probably still best or most widely known as the creator of the radio – and later television and novel – detective Paul Temple. In all, though, he also wrote nine thrillers specifically for the stage. The construction
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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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Taking Steps

Taking Steps

  For years, weekly rep provided a staple theatrical diet: one company, in one venue, presenting a different play each week. Towns and cities across the country had their own such companies. Those days are, almost entirely, long gone: a shame as, despite some “skin of the teeth” productions, rep brought theatrical diversity for audiences and gave their first opportunities to many actors who went on to become hugely successful. London Repertory Players, under Vernon Thompson’s guiding hand, began bringing productions to Boscombe’s Shelley Theatre in August 2016. Having played a single production at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre last year, they
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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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