Reviews

Private Lives

Private Lives

Chesil Theatre  Chesil Theatre, Winchester Anne Waggott 19 January 2024 There is something quintessentially English, set in time, yet somehow timeless and universal about a Noël Coward comedy… and therein lies the genius and appeal of his plays. I admit I was rather ambivalent about his works for a very long time – then I was asked to review nine of his plays in one day… and I was hooked! Chesil Theatre have done him proud with their latest production, Private Lives. It’s a “stylish comedy of manners” in a tale about a bitterly divorced couple (Elyot and Amanda) who bump into
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Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Castle Players  Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, Lytchett MatraversJill Richmond 19 January 2024 Castle Players have been performing pantos since 1978 and I’ve heard for years on the local amateur dramatic grapevine that they are good fun but have never been to one until tonight. Linsey O’Neill wrote, directs and performs in this very creative and jolly adventure packed with family jokes and a variety of entertainment. Without ruining the plot, we see Dick Whittington and his cat on a journey unlikely to have been seen before. Karis England as Dick Whittington plays the lead role naturally with an innocence and kindness
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Pantoman

Pantoman

Broadstone Pantomime Productions  War Memorial Hall, Broadstone Jill Richmond 13 January 2024 This pantomime written by David Gigg, a relatively new member of Broadstone Pantomime Productions, is a success. The audience on Saturday night were completely drawn into the spirit of pantomime and I defy anyone to watch this and not to leave with a smile on their face. All things panto are at threat from The Basic Witch (Kelly-Anne Singleton) who wishes to end Panto for ever (Boooooooo!) and PantoMan (Andrea Pellegrini), the superhero protector of all things panto, is going to do his best to save the day, after
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Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

All Saints Dramatic Society  Corpus Christi Parish Centre, Boscombe Jill Richmond 12 January 2024 ASDS is a fantastic group whose energy is infectious and who never fail to be welcoming. Their supporters had turned out in great numbers and across generations for opening night. A true family feast. There are refreshments and raffle tickets available at the start and refreshments during the interval along with the raffle draw. There is plenty of time to admire the informative and well-presented programme, available for a donation. This pantomime of Beauty And The Beast is scripted by Simon Fox, a former member and son
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Cinderella

Cinderella

Swanage Drama Company  The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage Steve O’Neill 12 January 2024 As we took our seats in the packed Mowlem Theatre there was an air of excitement and anticipation. Everyone, young and old it seems, was ready for some booing and cheering and a rollicking good night out. We were not to be disappointed! The curtains opened on a stunning, beautifully lit set, and a huge cast. Oh, what a joy to see such a large cast and chorus during times when it seems some companies can barely cast anything. And although everyone was singing their best and making a
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Aladdin

Aladdin

Mountbatten Players  The Point, Eastleigh David A Putley 11 January 2024 I think the Company, both off and on stage, of Aladdin would agree that they did not have the best of opening nights with various technical difficulties: sound (particularly the ladies, unfortunately), backing tracks, scenery, wayward lamps etc, all having minds of their own and invading a show that was no doubt perceived to be far slicker and polished. Having said that, the sheer tenacity of all involved to soldier on and keep the show going shone across the footlights which was, in itself, a joy to watch. Everyone covered
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