Reviews

HAPPY

HAPPY

“Alfred is happy and Melinda his wife is happy. Eduardo is happy but Eva his girlfriend is not happy. This is how Robert Caisley’s slick four-hander opens, in the ideal setting of the Maskers’ intimate studio theatre. The premise is a simple one (we wish!) – Eduardo and Alfred are old friends who go way back. Eduardo has invited Alfred and Melinda to dinner, with the purpose of introducing them to his new (and much younger) girlfriend Eva. Alfred and Melinda, despite having a teenage special needs daughter, are constantly upbeat about everything, always finding the positives in every aspect
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Trial by Jury / HMS Pinafore

Trial by Jury / HMS Pinafore

I confess; I abhor Gilbert & Sullivan, their twee songs and improbable lib. played by, in my (limited) experience, scratchy, out of tune orchestras with singers of equal ability. So, when the call for a reviewer came I was not forthcoming. Then my wife chided my closed mindedness, reminding me of my admonishment of the kids that, “tastes change, that you’ve disliked something before, does not mean you’ll still dislike it if you give it another go later on”. So it is, that with some reluctance and feeling thoroughly drained after a long day in the office that I find
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Murder on the Nile

Murder on the Nile

Murder on the Nile is Agatha Christie’s own, 1944, stage adaptation of her novel, Death on the Nile.  The novel, as well as subsequent adaptations for film and TV, features Hercule Poirot but the stage adaptation gives the detective skills to the lesser-known Canon Ambrose Pennefather – ably played in this Wimborne Drama production by Tony Parkinson.  The plot remains recognisable, but with subtle differences.  It is not a play for the those of a nervous disposition; there are a number of loud gunshots and the ultimate body count is worthy of a church fête in Midsomer.  There is, however, still
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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma, performed by RAODS was a well-polished and entertaining performance with the audience enjoying every moment from curtain up to curtain down! The long standing company performed in their venue, The Plaza Theatre in Romsey. The large cast filled the stage with their terrific acting, singing and dancing talents and was certainly and enjoyable and entertaining evening. The costumes fitted perfectly to the story and worked in partnership with the simplistic, yet extremely effective set, which was used to its full potential throughout. Ian Watts was leading man Curley, with a fantastic voice, brilliant charisma and strong acting throughout, Watts
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10×10 New Writing Festival: Hidden Worlds

10×10 New Writing Festival: Hidden Worlds

As a regular to Chesil Theatre over the years, I have seen many varied productions and exceptional performances, but I think this is the first time that I have seen a combination of 10 diverse plays and assorted excellent performances in one sitting there. 10×10 at Chesil Theatre is the culmination of a biannual national writing competition for the country’s best established and upcoming playwrights; it has been running in its different stages throughout the year, with the theme for each 10-minute play being ‘Hidden Worlds’. From around 400 entrants, the independently-judged final selection of 10 plays are performed back
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Her Naked Skin

Her Naked Skin

Salisbury Playhouse is marking the centenary of the Suffragette movement with the regional premiere of a Wiltshire Creative Production of Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.  Highly praised when it was originally presented at The National Theatre in 2008, this is an epic story of the Suffragette Movement in the early part of the 20th century involving years of protest and actions, that today would be classed as terrorist acts, by a group of committed women who were determined to obtain the vote. It’s hard to imagine such a time when women were denied this most basic of rights in
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