The Almost Famous Company is a student run amateur company who perform both plays and Musicals in the university's own theatre; a small, but perfect and well-equipped stage with raked seating, seating I would imagine, around 150. The company however, does not only admit members from students on the university's acting and theatre courses, but membership is also extended to any current student of the university, no matter what they might be there to read.
Spellbinding theatre at its best
Anthony Shaffer’s play is a myriad of twists and turns through a cleverly constructed framework of surprises which makes it a conundrum for a critic because to give any indication of the plot would only spoil your enjoyment of this superb production from Rainhill Garrick Society.
Last year I ended my review of Fame by saying, “This was my first visit to Flixton Girls School, it certainly won’t be my last!” So, I was thrilled to be invited back to review this years’ production of Legally Blonde Junior. Once again, their welcome was second to none as I was escorted to my seat where I found the younger members of the chorus already seated on benches in front of the stage all wearing matching pink t-shirts.
With a set to match the quality of The Brindley Theatre itself, designed by Mike Hall, Barbara Worrall’s production of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out, performed by Centenary Theatre Company, seemed disappointingly under-rehearsed.
As a well-established society nominated for numerous awards, I was underwhelmed by - stated in the programme - ‘the calibre and scale’ of such a production, with two members not portraying clearly defined characters in contrast to the personalities of the rest of the cast.
I am not sure why, but the Gods certainly have it in for me. Every time I visit Oldham's boutique Lyceum Theatre, the weather is somewhat tempestuous. Most would undoubtedly see this as a bad omen; on the other hand I have now come to regard it as just the opposite, since once inside this underground treasure-house, one is always assured of a warm and friendly welcome, and the quality of the plays they produce never disappoints.
A highly thoughtful and laugh-out loud pairing
Liverpool Network Theatre’s latest production sees a Peter Shaffer double-bill with Andy Kerr directing White Liars and William O’Neill directing Black Comedy – two pieces that whilst very different, serve to complement each other as Shaffer originally intended.
Two of the most powerful women of British history are undoubtedly Queen Elizabeth II and the former prime minister; Margret Thatcher, with both women being very opinionated, strong characters; I could only imagine what their weekly meetings were like during Thatcher's term as prime minister. Imagine that is until I attended the latest production at the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse; Handbagged by Moira Buffini.
My last visit to NK Theatre Arts was way back in April last year to see their sensational production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Sadly, until tonight my diary has clashed with their subsequent t productions, however tonight I returned to see this talented group present “A Night on The West End”. If you love musical theatre, then this was the show for you.
Thingwall Players present Stephen Briggs adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal.
This is the first outing for the newly relaunched Thingwall Players, formally the Music & Drama Club. The company has a great pedigree, being founded in 1949 and the cast tonight were very impressive.
A Comedy Of Manners Turns Murder Mystery In This Brilliant Adaptation
You have a feeling it’s going to be a great evening when you are greeted with a smile and a ‘welcome back’ at the entrance foyer and this proved to be particularly true of this Carlton Players production, ably directed by Elaine Louise Stewart.
A Knockout Evening of Musical Entertainment
I don’t know where to start with this review and I certainly didn’t want the show to end.
Let’s start with the talented Cast & Chorus that made this musical revue of almost fifty numbers from nearly as many shows such a resounding success: