Reviews

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

Seasons aren’t just for sporting event; they’re also for theatres. It’s worth noting that theatre companies set out their ‘Next Season’ programme months, if not years, in advance. So what crystal ball did Chesil Theatre use to predict that a government under scrutiny, a political crisis and the conflict in Ukraine would be so entrenched in our news coverage right now? The Government Inspector is a satirical play, originally written by Ukrainian playwright Nikolai Gogol about corruption, sleaze and backhanders (anything sound familiar…?), amidst mistaken identity in a small Russian town. It’s a tragic commentary that a play written in
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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

  The Three Musketeers is an outdoor performance – what a treat! The Maskers have chosen the lovely and historic Townhill Park House for their open-air production of The Three Musketeers, a retelling of this classic tale. The audience are invited to bring their own chairs and picnics to this relaxed outdoor adventure which added to the ‘special’ feel that the venue provides. Being open-air does not come without its issues though; sound, lighting and set all need to be considered and adapted for this and the Maskers did this exceptionally! Particular attention must be brought to the fact that
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Sense And Sensibility

Sense And Sensibility

  A truly sumptuous evening, a rather good Shiraz, delicious food including a very tasty pasta, tuna and bean salad made by my companion’s own fair hand and most importantly, for open air theatre, a glorious summer evening. I love costume dramas and this production delivered in every way. My first visit to an open-air theatre since I played a servant in Taming Of The Shrew on Brownsea, probably a couple of decades ago. Set in the beautiful grounds of this ancient house with fine Georgian facades, one felt you were being invited into a previous age where wealth, circumstance
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Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

January 1954. Switch on the wireless. Mild Winter. Tune in. There is Under Milk Wood. Still dealing with the repercussions of war, and in a society that remained cocooned within tight local structures and values, imagine being lyrically transported to the village of Llaregyb. The dreams, the day, the dusk, the night, the voices. These are our neighbours. This is their reality. We know them, they know us. Curtains twitching. Conversations over hedges. The crucible of the local pub. The cacophony of communities surviving the drudge of day in, day out. Wales. Under Milk Wood is notoriously difficult to do.
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Tons Of Money

Tons Of Money

Tons Of Money is a farce written by British writers, Will Evans and Arthur Valentine. The play follows Aubrey Allington, a failed inventor facing financial ruin, who finds out he has come into a large sum of money at the death of his brother. Surrounded by a group of colourful characters, Aubrey has to navigate his way around a number of interesting situations to get as much of the inheritance as he possibly can. The trouble is, there’s others who are interested in the money too. Swanage Drama Company have brought this play to life at the Mowlem Theatre, and
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The Real Housewives Of Codswallop

The Real Housewives Of Codswallop

  The Real Housewives Of Codswallop is a new musical written by Lisa Gaye Wright. According to the ‘About the Musical’ section, the show was about an affluent and popular Queen Bee called Magenta who decides to host a Botox party at her house. She decides to open an invitation to an old friend she used to spend time with many years ago (Tamsin), and who she dropped like a hot stone when something better came along. Tamsin brings her new friend and Bestie, Sophie, who is a recent reality star. The evening then becomes an evening where secrets get
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