Reviews

Plays ‘n’ Chips

Plays ‘n’ Chips

Plays ‘n’ Chips is an annual event in which Broadstone Players mix some new talent in with some seasoned amateurs in three or four short, one act plays or sketches with the added twist of a meal of fish and chips (sausage or vegetarian options are available) in the interval.  Most of the beginners are quite easy to spot but it isn’t necessarily the case – some of those beginners will go on to be the seasoned amateurs of future years[*]. This year there are three such playlets and the first “You Gotta be Dynamic …!“, by Mary Bryan, is
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

After the tremendous success of last year’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, BBLOC have returned this year to delight both young and old, with family favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This musical masterpiece takes its audience on a ‘fantasmagorical’ adventure when the eccentric Caractacus Potts is asked by his adorable children, Jeremy and Jemima, to save an old race car from the scrap heap – a race car which they later discover possesses magical powers! BBLOC are well-known for delivering performances of high standards, and this year was no exception. During a very well deserved standing ovation, the lady next
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Following a critically acclaimed run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Southampton-based Curious Pheasant brought their innovative production of Romeo And Juliet to the NTC Studio, in what can only be described as a triumphant return to the City. With an elegant piece of timing, this abridged version of the text proved to be a perfect addition to this year’s Southampton Pride celebrations, on the same day. Here, both Romeo and Juliet are young men, on  opposing sides of two fiercely competitive rugby teams – Montague and Capulet, naturally – and this added a deeply intense frisson to their passionate and
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Dead Guilty

Dead Guilty

Quite often, sitting down to write a review can require a fair degree of careful forethought, a judicious choice of wording and an amalgam of being entirely honest while trying to ensure that every word is constructive and, above all, fair. This is not such a task. The production, direction and performances are excellent. Richard Harris’s four-hander, described in the programme as “A tense psychological study of guilt and obsession”, fairly soon becomes a question not of who did what but one of how swiftly and by what route we are going to get from initially establishing characters, situation and
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Party Piece

Party Piece

It is the night of Michael and Roma’s house-warming, complete with its reverse fancy dress theme. The evening should be lively and entertaining; however, a string of hilarious disasters ensues, complete with non-appearing guests, a rampant BBQ, a rather mobile Zimmer frame and the probability of a furious, estranged husband making an unwelcome appearance – all set against the ongoing feuds between neighbours and families! This is a wonderful example of comic farce at its very best, with highly skilled direction from Nick Longland (assisted by Lyn Butcher) bringing out every nuance of verbal and visual comedy from an equally
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Suddenly At Home

Suddenly At Home

Theatre, of course, can do all sorts of things; provoke, explore, enlighten, expose, attack, celebrate, challenge … and so much more. Sometimes, as in this, the third play in London Repertory Players’ Summer 2018 season, it is content to entertain, as valuable a function as any. All are important functions; all need to be done well. This production succeeds. Francis Durbridge is probably best-known for his radio drama series based around fictional crime novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, which originated in the 1930s, ran until the 1950s and have been revived in recent years. Durbridge also wrote novels, for
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