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5:32pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
THIS production of Dennis Potter’s short play begins with adult characters silently surveying their wartime childhood ‘playground’, the Forest of Dean and in this way director John O’Hanlon (his first production for TFT) hints at the way early childhood dramas overshadow later life.
5:30pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
5:29pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
IN this romantic comedy, a newlywed couple (Paul and Corie Bratter) move into their first home, a tiny fifth-floor New York apartment, with the apparently mismatched pair sparring over day-to-day marital issues whilst linked by their mutual passion for each other.
5:21pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
5:18pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
5:15pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
THIS collection of songs and sketches, originally performed over fifty years ago, celebrates and mocks the various aspects surrounding the First World War, but rich with singalongs from those dark years of conflict.
5:10pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
AN ADAPTATION of a George Eliot novel might seem something of a departure but, as the play contains only words used in the novel and as Eliot has a great turn of phrase, the production exhibits the narrative characteristics of other OYT shows.
5:06pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
PETER Whelan’s play presents an interesting perspective on the First World War, focusing as it does on the battalions of ‘pals’ – whole communities of men who volunteered together in patriotic fervour at the outbreak of war – and the women they left behind.
5:05pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
5:04pm Tuesday 5th August 2014
ON a sweltering opening night, an all-female cast worked hard to bring this tale of hypocrisy, double-dealing and moral dilemma into a contemporary setting, with just a few movable clothes rails for the staging.
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Freemantle United Reformed Church Theatrical Inspiration Stage
1:40pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
1:39pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
IT IS certainly incongruous to watch a musical that has a notable Christmas element on a sweltering day in July. Yet there is a very sunny and feel good element to Annie that some how also makes it a great summer show.
1:37pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
1:33pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
1:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
THE beautiful backdrop of the Bishop’s Palace Gardens provided this open air production the opportunity for a much larger cast and grander scale of show than would be feasible in the intimate space of the Chesil Theatre.
1:25pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
NICK Dear’s biographical drama follows the final years of poet Edward Thomas (a compelling Crispian Cook), through his strained marriage, passions, depression, life-changing friendship with American poet Robert Frost (a captivating Mick Keegan) and adoration of family friend, Eleanor Farjeon (a mesmerising Fi Beresford), to a two-year period in which he hit a rich vein of poetic creativity before his tragic untimely death on French battle fields in 1917.
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