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4:34pm Monday 30th June 2014
11:22am Friday 27th June 2014
‘A world turned upside down’ could well describe TFT’s second production in its Shakespeare season, with an (almost) all-female company presenting this famously bloody tale of greed, ambition and revenge.
9:50am Thursday 26th June 2014
9:21am Thursday 26th June 2014
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic-operetta is an enduring favourite and Director Victoria Luke delivered an extremely colourful show, starting with some light-hearted activity during the overture from Nigel Finch’s fine orchestra.
10:45am Monday 23rd June 2014
11:16am Friday 20th June 2014
PETER Hill is looking forward to playing the Sergeant of Police for the sixth time in his career in Southampton Operatic Society’s upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. And as always he’s planning to make quite an entrance!
11:56am Thursday 26th June 2014
With some strong performances, and some good ideas (particularly in the staging and lighting), Malcolm Chewter’s debut production for SUP took us back to the louche decadence of 1920s America, and focused on the relationship between idle millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick Carraway, cousin to Daisy Buchanan, with whom Gatsby is in love.
1:06pm Monday 16th June 2014
This production of BEN JONSON'S comedy features vivid and colourful costumes (wardrobe by GEORGIE GULLIFORD, CHRIS LAWRENCE and FRANK VERESI) and a deceptively simple set, conceived by Director KEVIN FRASER, with painted decorations by DEL and HOLLY SEYMOUR which reflect the play's setting - Venice.
1:04pm Monday 16th June 2014
REVIEW: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Lightning Bug Theatre, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton
1:00pm Monday 16th June 2014
A new company embarking on its’ first production, one I was unfamiliar with, on Friday the Thirteenth! Would the fates conspire to make this an unloved, imperfect show? Not a chance! Director Daniel Farrell has been around the local scene long enough to know talent when he sees it, and the seven he cast to join him are of the highest quality. Farrell apart, the familiar faces (to me) of Elle Wolf, Peewee Ward and Ian Watts were matched by the lesser-known, but equally talented, Stephanie Amies, Michaela Bennison, Sarah Ellard and Andrew Towns. The unfortunately sparse, but highly appreciative, audience were treated to a witty and pithy look at relationships that had the cast playing a wide age-range of characters. The musical accompaniment from Matt Lemon, David Bartlett and Hannah Preston was impressive and with few props and simple back-projection, it was all about the singers and the songs.
12:41pm Monday 16th June 2014
12:39pm Monday 16th June 2014
11:01am Thursday 12th June 2014
10:59am Thursday 12th June 2014
REVIEW: Stars in Your Eyes - 2014 Summer Variety Show, Otterbourne Village Hall Committee, Otterbourne Village Hall
10:59am Monday 9th June 2014
11:26am Friday 6th June 2014
10:12am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
The story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in England, may be familiar to many, but AMANDA WHITTINGTON'S play tells the story with a rare amount of detail, endeavouring to depict the community of post war women - fearless but vulnerable to the prevailing austerity - and to endow Ruth (JESS LIND) with spirit and mystery.
10:11am Monday 2nd June 2014
10:07am Monday 2nd June 2014
9:53am Monday 2nd June 2014
3:49pm Friday 30th May 2014
12:31pm Tuesday 27th May 2014
4:24pm Friday 23rd May 2014
The Great Barn is looking better than ever this year, the nearest performance space this region has to an Elizabethan theatre, and TFT’s opening show of their annual Shakespeare Festival was a good-looking affair , though more Jacobean in period. However, popular as this rom-com is, directors must have the courage to prune it fiercely in order to maintain the audience’s attention, and herein lay the main problem with Kevin Fraser’s overlong and at times unnecessarily wordy production.
10:14am Tuesday 20th May 2014
DAVID AUBURN'S play opens with an affectionate dialogue between Robert (NEIL GWYNNE), a brilliant mathematics professor, and his daughter Catherine (MICHELLE HEFFER'S Maskers début), in the back yard of his run down house in the North Lake area of Chicago.
10:13am Tuesday 20th May 2014
12:55pm Monday 19th May 2014
12:49pm Monday 19th May 2014
11:21am Monday 19th May 2014
In the early 1950s the steam train seems finished, to be replaced by modern omnibuses! However, devious bus driver Crump (David Taylor) underestimates the efforts of local railway enthusiasts, led by Lady Chesterfield (dynamic Lesley Bates) and supported by Reverend Weech (enthusiastically engaging Alistair Faulkner), to save their beloved locomotive.
11:20am Monday 19th May 2014
This comedy involves two homes (combined in a single set), three couples and action that occurs simultaneously on two successive evenings. Debut director Gemma Mabeley managed to make sense of the convoluted situation for the audience although at three hours some judicial pruning might have been done.
11:05am Monday 19th May 2014
FITD are clearly up for a challenge in presenting this cautionary tale in a public park, with a soundtrack of trains, chiming clocks, peacocks, police sirens and a children’s playground to contend with.
10:59am Monday 19th May 2014
Director PETER YATES has adapted Kneehigh Theatre director EMMA RICE'S expansion of NOEL COWARD'S playlet 'and film, cutting the songs Rice incorporated and including just two - Matt Monroe's 'Walk Away' which, beautifully sung by JAMES GOULD and KATE ROBBINS, makes an effective opening to this production, and, somewhat anachronistically, 'The first time I saw your face'.
10:00am Friday 16th May 2014
9:35am Thursday 15th May 2014
Any musical that showcases Cole Porter’s witty lyrics and memorable tunes has a head-start on many others, such is the enduring quality of the man’s talent. Set in affluent 1930s Long Island, socialite Tracy Lord’s wedding preparations are derailed, initially by the distracting presence of ex-husband Dexter and then by tabloid hack Mike.
9:27am Thursday 15th May 2014
In a tricolour-bedecked hall, the first night audience, many in fancy dress, were soon introduced to all the characters we know and love from the long-running TV show, set in Rene’s café in occupied France in World War II.
9:14am Thursday 15th May 2014
9:09am Thursday 15th May 2014
9:01am Thursday 15th May 2014
11:44am Tuesday 13th May 2014
2:09pm Monday 12th May 2014
EVERY production of Georg Büchner’s unfinished and fragmentary, but always compelling drama, has to be different, and Hannah Wood and Ben O’Shaughnessy have, in their version, incorporated a Brechtian style and songs (written by the band the Tiger Lillies) brilliantly performed by “The Büchner Five”and sung by Josh Coates and Jenni Norfolk, making for a richly entertaining evening, despite the grim story.
2:07pm Monday 12th May 2014
2:04pm Monday 12th May 2014
11:53am Tuesday 6th May 2014
The sinister, dysfunctional Tomb family awaits the reading of their late patriarch’s will (involving millions of pounds), each eccentric family member having their own twisted reasons for wanting the money. Very rarely venturing into the outside world, they live in the cocoon of their home, Monument House: one wanders round in a toga convinced he is Julius Caesar, another has werewolf tendencies, while a third delights in killing people off with her poisonous brews. It isn’t long before the body count rises...
11:01am Tuesday 6th May 2014
A WIZARD, dwarves, a quest and a jewel signficant in the fight between good and evil, Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen had much that was familiar from other science fantasy stories, while embedding the tale in the Cheshire environment he knew so well.
10:59am Tuesday 6th May 2014
10:06am Tuesday 6th May 2014
HAPLESS café owner René tries to please everyone: his wife, his mistresses, the occupying Germans and the French resistance, while running his little café and attempting to stop the portrait of the Fallen Madonna falling into enemy hands.
9:43am Thursday 1st May 2014
Taking full advantage of the Hub's stage and resources, this production of ARTHUR MILLER'S dramatisation of the Salem witch trials marks an excellent beginning for Broken Arrow Productions, an ambitious group of recent graduates, and establishes a tense, enthralling atmosphere from the start - the group of Puritan girls caught dancing to wild music in the dark forest by the Reverend Parris (JEREMY MCCABE, convincingly aghast).
9:38am Thursday 1st May 2014
After a slow start, not helped by a small audience, the company thawed. The main trio of sworn friends, Franklin (Alex Clements), Charley (Sevan Keoshergerrian) and Mary (Daniella Flynn) interacted well and their voices were melodious and well matched. Unfortunately the egos and ambitions of the individual characters meant that the harmony was not to last. Gussie (Aimee Batchelor) gave an inspired performance with calculated modesty and deception, and was perhaps the only survivor in the end.
11:18am Wednesday 30th April 2014
JOHN Piemeier’s 1979 play is a gripping drama, in which psychiatrist Dr Martha Livingstone (Emma Portlock) comes to a convent to investigate how a young nun, Agnes (Jennifer Hampton) gave birth and how the baby died. She also has to come to terms with Mother Miriam Ruth (Merial Shepherd), who has her own version of the truth.