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Titanic, Performing Arts Company, The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
FOR their contribution to the Titanic centenary, Performing Arts Company have chosen this new musical by James Holmes and Sue Peckham, which seeks to tell the story from the perspective of some of the passengers and crew.
Well researched, the musical bore its scholarship a little too heavily and at times resembled a rather didactic history lesson.
The second half worked much better, as the unfolding tragedy lent the production a drama and emotional edge previously lacking.
Simply yet effectively staged, the production used projected images for a backdrop, an arrangement that was impressive in terms of sophistication, style and impact.
While some of the musical numbers failed to take flight, overwhelmed by the overloud musical soundtrack, there were some good performances. Katie Underhill as kindly Mary Sloan, Lewis Philpott as Charles Joughin, around whom the story revolved, and Steve Brown (Thomas Andrews) all deserve mention.
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