Reviews

Oh! What a Lovely War

Oh! What a Lovely War

The depiction of the War 1914-1918 was very well done with frequent use of overhead screen projections mapping out the scenes. As it went through, this was a great way of keeping the audience well informed of the action taking place. First night nerves were apparent (as expected!), however I was impressed with the use of the props out of the boxes and was well thought out and cleverly executed.  Taking on the different characters is never an easy task, yet tonight I must mention the following individuals. French General, Mike Pavitt had a superb accent and immaculate mannerisms. Katy Lewis gave
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Sounds in a Common Wood

Sounds in a Common Wood

To start, this was certainly an enchanting performance presented to us by Wimborne Community Centre. ‘Sounds in a Common wood’ is A well-planned devised piece- with wonderful woven stories, entwined with facts and myth. The walk begins with a soundscape that lures you in as you begin to imagine how the space was used in the past. The children playing and skipping is very nostalgic. We are then led down a path where the Green Man bars our entrance until we are able to answer some riddles- he wards us off of leaving litter and stealing from the forest. We
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Murdered to Death

Murdered to Death

Five characters arrive at a manor house in the English countryside, joining the imperious owner of the house, her downtrodden niece and her incompetent butler. All of them have secrets and no-one is quite what they seem. Murder is inevitable in such an atmosphere, and so it turns out. To the rescue gallops Acting Inspector Pratt, who unfortunately is the most useless policeman this side of Inspector Clouseau. It all adds up to a splendid spoof of an Agatha Christie-type thriller, and Swanage Drama Company make the most of it. Don’t expect deep or subtle humour or ingenious plotting, but
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Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Anything Goes is set aboard luxury ocean liner SS American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt; unfortunately, Hope is engaged to wealthy English Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, and his sidekick-in-crime, Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. I’ve not seen a show by BMT Productions or
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American Buffalo

American Buffalo

Bournemouth Little Theatre’s production of American Buffalo captures all of the intensity and emotion of the dialogue of David Mamet’s script. With a cast of three who spend the whole of both of the play’s 40 minute halves within the confines of only one room, a rather grotty looking junk shop, the play sets its actor quite a challenge which Barry Gunner, Gavin Rand and Bob Ichev all do a wonderful job in meeting. Although symbolically the play is meant to be yet another pop at the American dream, as if this wasn’t a subject matter that hadn’t already been
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Love on the Links

Love on the Links

Lovingly adapted from the Golfing stories of P G Wodehouse by Jon Glover and Edward Taylor, this warm and witty script is never under par from the off. Michael Fenton Stevens immediately breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience for a couple of hours of crisp hole in one story telling. The premise is simple: using props scattered around a gorgeously designed late 1930’s golf club by James Button, the oldest member uses a versatile cast to tell stories of romantic liaisons to educate Jack in the art of love. The golf puns come quick and fast but this
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