Reviews

How The Other Half Loves

How The Other Half Loves

Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, How The Other Half Loves, follows three married couples whose lives are inextricably intertwined: Bob Philips and William Featherstone work for Frank Foster and Frank is considering bringing William onto his team; Bob constantly argues with his wife, Teresa, who suspects him of having an affair with an unknown woman; Bob tells her that William’s wife, Mary, thinks that he is also having an affair; on the other hand, Frank and Fiona appear to have a courteous but emotionally aloof marriage. Both the Fosters and the Philips invite the Featherstones to dinner, where both wives intend to
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Dangerous Corner

Dangerous Corner

For years now, teachers of GCSE English Literature have been introducing teenagers to 20th century theatre with the aid of J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. It’s a joy to teach and even students resistant on principle to ‘set texts’ seem to enjoy and appreciate it: characters, relationships, structure and unveiling of interconnected human frailties all appeal. What is sad is that, I’m pretty sure, barely any will subsequently explore further a very fine writer of prose (fiction and non-fiction) and dramatic texts. London Repertory Players’ second offering of their third season at Shelley Theatre, another of Priestley’s ‘Time plays’,
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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages (High School Edition), performed by Centrestage Youth Productions was a lively and entertaining production, which the whole audience seemed to enjoy. This well-established company works tirelessly to fundraise for themselves in order to give young people in the area a chance to be a part of an amateur dramatic group. Their hard work certainly paid off tonight. Sherie Christian, who wants to make it big in acting was played effortlessly by Morgan Dunn. Her note perfect singing went hand in hand with her slick acting. She is a star in the making. She was well supported by
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The Murder Game

The Murder Game

If you’ve never been to the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth you really should go. It is a delightful little place with lovely courtyard and bar. The theatre itself has a low small stage and raked and comfortable seating; rescued, apparently, from the Imax. The next few weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays up to 28th August would be particularly fine days to go if tonight’s performance was anything to go by. A story of psychological warfare, Brian is financially dependent on his wife Sheila, and he is in love with another woman. An acquaintance convinces him he would be better off
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Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

I make no apology for the fACTS that I so enjoy coming to see this group’s work. The facilities are limited and the stage is the size of a postage stamp in comparison to other venues, yet the quality of staged production is always of high value with incredible attention to detail, be it costumes, choreography, blocking or casting.   This show is a delight from start to finish. Audrey in the hands of Zoe Denyer has never been so poignantly played, with a lovely vocal and sense of loneliness and isolation permeating throughout. Matching her with vocal style as
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Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

“Titus” is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known and least performed plays and also has a reputation for being the bloodiest.  It is a fictional account, set loosely in a late period of the Roman Empire during a conflict with the Goths.  Titus Andronicus is a Roman general who has just defeated a Gothic army and captured its queen, Tamora, and her sons, Alarbus, Chiron and Demetrius.  The theme is mainly “revenge”, first by the Gothic queen and her sons against Titus and his sons and secondly by the Andronicus family (the Andronici) against the Gothic queen turned empress, her sons
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