Reviews

Out Of Focus

Out Of Focus

Ferndown Drama  Barrington Centre, Ferndown Caroline Burr 18 October 2023 This gentle comedy concerns the numerous over-bookings made at a church hall. Helen arrives with her troupe of unruly Brownies, whilst Kath and Bob, a married couple, turn up for a game of badminton arguing about Bob’s flirty secretary Linda. Wayne a wannabe ladies’ man also arrives to play, along with David and Sue. Leonard turns up expecting to deliver an illustrated talk on steam locomotives, and lastly, Evonne the vicar’s wife, is ready to rehearse her first pantomime. Subsequently, everyone decides to pitch in to help her and perform in
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Wilde: Scenes Of Love And Power

Wilde: Scenes Of Love And Power

BBV Theatre  Maskers Studio, Southampton David A Putley 9 October 2023 I had the great privilege of attending a dress rehearsal of this production by BBV Productions who aim to tour this show after 2 nights at The Masker’s Theatre on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2023. Those who love their Wilde (and I do) are in for a rare treat. 5 terrific actors take on some of the most iconic roles created by Oscar Wilde, be it male of female, from his most popular stage works: The Importance Of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman Of No Importance
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Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

Southampton Musical Society  The Point, Eastleigh Mark Ponsford 5 October 2023 Frank Wildhorn’s musical telling (with lyrics by Don Black) of this darkly compelling tale premiered in 2009, eventually making its Broadway bow in 2011 to a mixed critical response, closing after just 36 regular performances. The show’s Original Cast Recording ensured that the score lived on, and the intervening years have seen – as with Sondheim’s short-lived 1964 musical Anyone Can Whistle, committed to disc after an even shorter run – an ever-increasing fanbase. There’s been a particular surge of interest in England, where a workshop presentation in 2017 was
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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company [BBLOC]    Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth  Chelsea Ball  4 October  2023 Well, they’ve only gone and smashed another show, haven’t they?! BBLOC have, once again, blasted onto the Pavilion stage with a gorgeous spectacle of talent, colour and joy. Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of Lloyd Webber’s best known musicals and is, arguably, one of the best-known musicals full stop. It’s a fantastic entry-level musical for kids, which ignites a sense of nostalgia for those of us who watched it for the first time 25+ years ago… and a sense of wonder for
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Last Summer At Bluefish Cove

Last Summer At Bluefish Cove

Studio Theatre  Studio Theatre, Salisbury Philip & Julie McStraw 2 October 2023 The admirable Studio Theatre in Salisbury continues to enhance its reputation for making first rate amateur theatre with its latest thought-provoking offering of Last Summer At Bluefish Cove by celebrated American playwright, Jane Chambers. First performed in New York in 1980, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove broke new ground by being the first mainstream play to deal with the, then taboo, subject of lesbian relationships at a time when homophobia was commonplace. Set in the 1980s, the play concerns the enduring friendships and intriguing life stories of seven lesbian
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Five Stories From 15 Heroines

Five Stories From 15 Heroines

Chesil Theatre  Chesil Theatre, Winchester Mark Ponsford 2 October 2023 The five monologues contained in this performance were selected from a complete anthology gathered under the title 15 Heroines – which, unsurprisingly, contains fifteen monologues – and so this more specific title, borne of necessity, nevertheless remains something of a confusing one. Taking initial inspiration from the writings of the Roman poet Ovid, fifteen monologues were commissioned from “fifteen leading female and non-binary British playwrights” (which may or may not give you some idea of what to expect), and first performed in their entirety at Jermyn Street Theatre, in November 2020.
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