Tonight, the Players Youth Theatre took us on a charming journey of nostalgia back to the years of the second World War: rationing, evacuees, Air Raid Wardens and keeping calm and carrying on - with a good old sing song.
Whether, as another audience member stated, you “saw that it was on and had to come and see it”, or, like me, have never even seen the Nigel Cole-directed 2010 film starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Rosamund Pike but have heard great things about it - as well as the music - Richard Bean’s musical ‘Made In Dagenham’ is one of those shows that I advise you to go and see at least once.
Transported back to the 70s where we had flared trousers, big moustaches and even bigger hair, we were taken on a hilarious story of friendship, revenge and the goings on during the hours of '9 to 5'.
With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick we were treated to some wonderful songs and a great, funny and at times emotional story.
This was my first trip to the Oldham Coliseum and we were very well looked after by members of Ashton Operatic Society, in a very nice quaint theatre.
I could tell this was going to be a fun staging of this musical from the very start, energetic, bouncy and perfectly blonde.
Ever become tired of the same work routine, the office grind, well I think I've just found the perfect remedy for those working grumbles, in the form of the light hearted office based '9 to 5 The Musical' currently at Stockport Plaza.
Superb Production of a Sharply Observant Comedy
Oliver Goldsmith’s enduring social comedy from 1773 displays a strangely modern relevance with its sharp observations on money, class, and sexual hypocrisy, as well as exploring the insecurities of the male psyche. Whilst Goldsmith’s own life was plagued by debt, deadlines, and disaster, this play, apparently based on an actual event, is one of great pleasure where affection, good humour, and romance prevail. It is one of my favourite plays.
GAPA - The Garrick Academy Of Performing Arts - presented this evening the one hour long shortened junior version of Stephen Sondheim's excellent Musical, Into The Woods. The GAPA is split into different groups according to age, and it was the oldest age range this evening 15 - 18. The younger ones are performing a specially written show, Babes In The Wood.
It has been a mere 34 years since Dukinfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) produced a play, and an even more unbelievable 46 years since they have performed in Dukinfield itself. Tonight, these sizable figures were eliminated as Sailor Beware started what I hope is the resurrection of an annual event.
Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs! Tonight's production of 'Hobson's Choice' by the Player's Theatre, Cheadle Hulme is proper good, proper northern and by gum, it's a right barrel of laughs!
The play has apparently been performed somewhere in the world almost every week in the one hundred years since it was written by Harold Brighouse. It's not difficult to understand why it's so popular.
Once again I find myself going to see a Musical somewhat uncertain that it will be my cup of tea. I have only previously ever seen snippets of the full version of this Musical before, and I have been less than impressed. A world in which puppets and humans interact; where some puppets are human and some are monsters, and yet all live happily together in a very Sesame Street sort of way?! It all sounded too infantile, ridiculous, and dare I say too American for my tastes.
The rarely performed but incredibly hauntingly beautiful Musical, The Secret Garden, based on the Frances Hodgson Barnett novel of the same name, is the latest offering from those talented folk over at Altrincham Garrick.