Reviews

Lilies on the Land

Lilies on the Land

During World War II, the Land Army (spirited women and girls from very diverse social classes and walks of life) were sent to farms to live rough and work hard, filling in for the roles the men who had joined the armed forces had temporarily vacated. Based on letters and interviews with the original Land Girls, this poignant play uses the distinctive characters of four vastly different women from very varied upbringings – upper-class Poppy (Adrienne Ellery), candid Geordie Margie (Mandi Francis), pragmatic Cockney Peggy (Helen Symes) and sophisticated Vera (Caroline Hall) – to reflect on their experiences during WWII,
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Next Bus to Broadway

Next Bus to Broadway

Once again, Encore Theatre has put on a terrific showcase of the finest musical theatre that has ever graced our stages, and they were not afraid to bring varied and less well known numbers to the stage. The concept and format were well thought through and perfectly executed; we were taken on a journey through eight different musical sections (or stops on the bus journey). The musicals selected were varied and there was something for every audience member to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the “Young Frankenstein” section as this is not a show I am familiar with. The 17 strong
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Fermented Honey

Fermented Honey

If you don’t enjoy exploring ideas and stretching yourself when you’re young, when will you? And isn’t that half the point of being young? Only by challenging ourselves do we learn and grow. Such thoughts were provoked by this unusual and stimulating production, which is not always comfortable to watch or easy to understand fully. It is performed by the twenty-somethings of AUB who will soon be making their way through the practicalities of a theatrical career. Not only do they perform it but it was ‘devised by the company’, so one can imagine what a valuable, all-consuming experience it
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Spot on Productions’ latest show is the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The show was led by the team of two narrators (Emma Harris and Erin Bright) who confidently and clearly took us through this famous Biblical story. Joseph, played by Howard Corbett, not only looked the part, but sounded the part, supported by a backing team of children from the Spot On Choir and Shakespeare Junior School. Biggest applause must go to the team of brothers, with fantastic facial expressions and great enthusiasm these lads had the singing and harmonies ‘Spot
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Single Spies

Single Spies

I love the Tivoli Theatre and I am deeply grateful to those few souls who rescued it from its dire fate for the rest of us to enjoy. So I was really quite pleased to be going there to review this play. I suppose the first notable thing of the evening was the sheer size of the programme. It contains a fairly lengthy and very interesting dissertation on the history of the infamous Cambridge Spies. It is a shame that I didn’t get to read it all before the plays commenced. Perhaps if I had they wouldn’t have gone completely
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Romanoff and Juliet

Romanoff and Juliet

In the smallest fictious European country, situated exactly midway between East and West, the daughter of the American ambassador falls deeply, desperately and passionately in love with the son of the Russian ambassador…and, despite being in the middle of political unrest and conflict, this is a love that is most definitely requited… Loosely based on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet, this delightful play by national treasure Peter Ustinov is both a parody of the 1980s Cold War and a romantic comedy, where both families eventually realise that intercontinental enmities are no match for true love. Right from the onset, it
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