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10:02am Friday 6th December 2013
Down on his luck Dick and cat Tiddles, with his impoverished mother Dame Sarah, make for London to earn their fortunes in this extremely funny traditional panto by this talented company, who extract every cheer, groan, boo and hiss from their delighted audience.
9:59am Friday 6th December 2013
Robinson loves Kathie; however, Queen Neptune’s storm washes up an intruiging message in an old bottle from his long-lost father and they are pursued by Queen Neptune and a band of Bad Pirates before ending up on a Tropical Island, captured by native islanders!
5:46pm Thursday 5th December 2013
Twelve-year-old Evan Goldman eagerly anticipates the most important day of any Jewish boy’s life, his bar-mitzvah, but his plans are dashed when the family relocates to rural Indiana. Sevan Keoshgerian is an experienced and charismatic leading-man, with a fine voice to match his good looks. Goldman’s attempts to join the ‘in-crowd’ nosedive by befriending outcasts Patrice (‘Mimi’ Greenfield-Linger shines) and Will Cook, who delivers the best lines as disabled Archie. ‘The Last Five Years’ playwright Jason Robert Brown’s musical boasts several excellent songs, although some voices were found wanting on opening night. Jacob Ketcher (heart-throb Brett), Andy Banks (his side-kick Eddie), Angharad Morgan (scheming Lucy) and Cat Lewis (in-demand Kendra) deliver strong performances. The minimalist set and lighting, good sound, music and well-choreographed dancing (Hannah Holden) all worked well, although more action would have been better-viewed on the higher level). First-time director Chris Barlow should be well-pleased. Oy-vey, a hit!
10:07am Thursday 5th December 2013
ELLA HICKSON’S play contrasts the sunny optimism of America, as Obama’s election promises “a new hope”, with the scepticism and reduced expectations of a chronically recession hit Britain, where even bright young graduates may be laid off a barkeeping job, as epitomised by two characters played engagingly by actors making their RAODS débuts – HOLLY HUDSON as the English Joey and GEORGE ATTWILL as Sam, who falls for her whilst acting as discreet carer for her father George (MATTHEW ELLISON), an academic relocated to New York partly to conceal the onset of dementia from his daughter.
10:49am Wednesday 4th December 2013
12:01pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
11:54am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
SUP celebrated their 50th anniversary by inviting their audience to select a short drama as their entry for the All England Drama Festival, which has led to a welcome increase of their membership, with many making their début here.
10:12am Monday 2nd December 2013
10:09am Monday 2nd December 2013
10:08am Monday 2nd December 2013
IT was a production that offered all the enjoyable features of the panto – the likeable hero and heroine, the comic sidekick, the dame, the delightful cow, lots of songs and dances, audience participation and physical comedy.
9:00am Thursday 28th November 2013
Oliver is a curiously uplifting musical given its dark subject matters of child exploitation, thievery, domestic abuse and murder. Maybe it's the happy ending or the familiar lyrics and the comfortable tunes and possibly it's the children, led by Oliver (Noah Ferris) who refuses to be beaten down by society. Whatever it is, it works!
8:51am Thursday 28th November 2013
SET between the wars in a Wiltshire farming community, Dick King-Smith’s heart-warming tale (adapted by Daniel Jamieson) tells the story of Spider, a boy with learning difficulties, abandoned at birth, but who develops an almost magical relationship with wild creatures.
2:38pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
The legend of Camelot may not seem an obvious choice for a pantomime, but with its premise of the leading couple finding true love, heroes and villains and a sprinkling of magic in a mythical setting all the elements are there. The script, wacky characters and corny jokes or ad-libbing lived up to the panto spirit but, although coping very well with malfunctioning scenery, it would have benefitted from more energy and pace to enhance the overall effect.
2:37pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
11:46am Monday 25th November 2013
IN a land of make-believe, far, far away, a gang battle erupts between the Bad Guys and the Good Guys – until the leaders of the gangs, Bad Wolf and Miss Riding Hood, fall for each other and an uneasy truce emerges between the two groups; but can they indeed all live happily ever after?
12:15pm Friday 22nd November 2013
10:18am Friday 22nd November 2013
Scrooge is the musical reworking of A Christmas Carol with the focus on the materialistic moral message, with a formulaic production that misses the subtleties that Dickens extolled in his tale of redemption. That said, it’s a time-tested formula with a good story-line, enhanced by some very good principal performances.
10:14am Friday 22nd November 2013
10:05am Friday 22nd November 2013
9:59am Thursday 21st November 2013
J B Priestley’s 1938 comedy followed three solidly respectable Yorkshire couples married on the same day 25 years previously who when celebrating this special anniversary discovered that they might not have been legally married all this time.
9:58am Thursday 21st November 2013
HAVING staged a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta as their first production 50 years ago, it was fitting to include another in their anniversary season. The pair famously used to rewrite the scripts to keep shows current, a tradition maintained nowadays that means no two productions are the same.
12:10pm Monday 18th November 2013
12:09pm Monday 18th November 2013
CUCKOO Creative Arts is an offshoot of PAW, Winchester University's excellent stage society, and this one act drama, the third staged production by WriterDirector NICK EDGEWORTH is a tribute to the inspiring nature of amateur theatre and an introduction to the work of an enterprising new group.
11:10am Monday 18th November 2013
RACHEL Wagstaff’S 2010 stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novel represents a new way to understand the horrors, commemorate the dead and weigh the cost of the First World War, and director John-Paul McCrohon has a committed and serious minded cast, led by himself and Pete and Caroline Westmoreland.
11:09am Monday 18th November 2013
11:06am Monday 18th November 2013
10:47am Wednesday 13th November 2013
11:10am Friday 8th November 2013
HENRY Hobson runs a successful boot maker’s shop in 19th-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson’s star boot maker.
9:13am Friday 8th November 2013
Once Upon a Mattress is the unorthodox retelling of the Princess and the Pea revealing an untold version of events. Whether it aims to be a pantomime or a musical comedy is not obvious and the score and lyrics are not terribly memorable but it would be fair to say that the tongue-in-cheek version was fun for adults and children alike.
10:24am Tuesday 5th November 2013
10:23am Monday 4th November 2013
10:20am Monday 4th November 2013
9:56am Monday 4th November 2013
9:54am Monday 4th November 2013
9:53am Monday 4th November 2013
10:02am Tuesday 29th October 2013
3:12pm Friday 25th October 2013
9:14am Thursday 24th October 2013
Director RON STANNARD’S 60th anniversary production does full justice to Conor McPherson’s highly rated drama, with a beautifully detailed set (designed and painted by JOHN HAMON and dressed by ADAM TAUSSIK), a rural Irish bar, complete with working draught tap and laminated floor, evocative sound (by JAMIE MCCARTHY and GEOFF GRANDY) and a cast whose Irish accents cannot be faulted.
3:36pm Monday 21st October 2013
JOHN Van Druten’s 1931 play depicts the life of a London office, with particular emphasis on 19-year-old typist Pat Milligan (Jessica Hawkins), who is tempted by senior colleague, Brewer (Adam Feeley, persuasively predatory) away from her nicer but much less urbane beau (Shaun Britton, in a wonderfully appealing performance) despite the warnings of Miss Janus (Amy Manwaring), who is more knowing but perhaps even more vulnerable.
11:46am Monday 21st October 2013
DIRECTOR Paul Green uses Polly Teale’s 1997 dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel (for “physical theatre” company Shared Experience) which highlights Jane’s internal struggles in the face of a harsh and repressive world.
9:48am Monday 30th September 2013
10:14am Monday 30th September 2013
THREE pensioners, linked through being war veterans and their current passion for their allotment, become ensnared in a feud with a new neighbour; however, their attempts to bring him under control become unstuck when his murky past catches up with him...
4:35pm Friday 27th September 2013
OPERA Comique, who have been putting on amateur productions, of Gilbert and Sullivan shows since 1976, is organising the first ever South of England week long Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at the Berry Theatre next week. Various Gilbert and Sullivan societies are participating in the event, which runs from Monday to Saturday.
5:15pm Monday 23rd September 2013
REVIEW:The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stickman Productions, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton
2:22pm Tuesday 17th September 2013
The audience were rocking with laughter even before the show started as the cast strolled among them, trading wisecracks. Kevin Jones and his debutante co-director Rebecca Bailey used their ‘who’s-who’ of local talent to maximum effect. Set around an American spelling competition, the entrants display their diverse personal characteristics as they take to the microphone. Steven Lilly’s facial contortions as hyperactive Leaf Coneybear were a joy to behold. It was just as difficult to take your eyes off Adam Myers (oddball William Barfee), Peter Ward (Tolentino), Wayne Ings (Panch) and Mike Alborough (ex-con Mahoney), who all were exceptionally funny. Natalie Thorn (Marcy) signed-off from the local am-dram scene in style, alongside the undoubted talents of Katherine Evans (Olive), Laura Lamb (Logainne) and Jemma Hunt (Rona). The minimalist set worked well, ‘Teddy’ Clements’ band and Dannie Spencer’s choreography were equally faultless, and, some occasionally indistinct dialogue apart, it all spelled H-I-L-A-I-R-I-O-U-S!!
11:48am Friday 13th September 2013
WEST Meon Theatre’s production of Calendar Girls celebrates the company’s 20th anniversary at Theatre Royal Winchester until tomorrow night. Written by Tim Firth and based on the Miramax film, Calendar Girls has become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history. Directed by Mary Dawson, the current chair of the board of TRW, Calendar Girls tells the true story after the death of Annie’s husband, John, from leukaemia.