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Scrooge The Musical

IT was with some trepidation that I visited the De La Salle Theatre, at St Peter’s School, to see All Saints Dramatic Society perform Scrooge, The Musical.  With music, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, the show is undoubtedly a Christmas one and felt rather as if it might be out of season.  The story, as you would expect, is that of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the music is both cheerful and emotive, with two or three songs (The Milk of Human Kindness, I Like Life and the fabulous Thank You Very Much) that are familiar to most.  But my fears were soon put to rest.

Arthur The Pantomime

THE story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has been told in a variety of forms over the years, but I’m pretty certain that there can rarely, if ever, have been a version quite as barking mad as this one, which was written and directed by Richard Batt and billed as a contemporary pantomime.

Jack And The Beanstalk

QUITE a few years ago now I came across a confident and supremely talented young boy, about 12 years old, who was performing magic tricks as part of a variety show in Ferndown. He has been crossing my radar ever since in a variety of guises, but mainly as a musical director or pantomime dame, and I am never less than hugely impressed by what he does. This year he has surpassed himself – oh, the energy of youth! – and despite having only just finished a run of Cinderella down in Weymouth, playing an Ugly Sister, just days later he’s wearing frocks again as Dame Trott in this extremely enjoyable pantomime, for which he is also musical director and author. Lee Redwood, is there no end to your talents?

Aladdin

I managed to catch this panto, from the Ron Martin/Nina Thompson stable, just before it closed on Saturday, and although we had the devil’s own job getting through the flooded road next to our house – where was that magic carpet when I needed it? – it was most certainly worth the effort. We knew we were in for something special when we approached the theatre and saw a queue stretching back along the pavement, surely meaning that word of mouth was drawing in the punters, and we weren’t to be disappointed.  

Cinderella

MOST people take a trip to the seaside when it’s warm and sunny, with the prospect of a paddle in the sea. I like to be different, and so it was that today we caught the train down to Weymouth, had some very fine fish and chips for lunch and were blown along the windswept promenade to the Pavilion, thankfully saved in the nick of time from being demolished to become a car park, to see a rather splendid production of Cinderella.

Christmas Spectacular

THE dictionary definition of the word ‘spectacular’ is ‘striking, amazing, and lavish’, and I can say without a doubt that this show is every one of those things. It is also unique – how many Christmas shows have you seen that include songs such as Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Guten Tag Hop Clop or Back In The USSR? Exactly. I rest my case.

A Concert Of Christmas Songs And Carols

I think it’s probably true to say that until tonight the Christmas spirit was somewhat eluding me, but having spent a couple of hours in a beautifully decorated church  in the company of the superb P&P Singers I am considerably more cheerful than when I started out.

A Sparkling Evening With La Nova Singers

I have always rather fancied, but never experienced, one of those ‘pamper days’ where one is given all sorts of treatments to relax the mind and the body. Tonight I experienced what must be the next best thing, as after just a few minutes of this concert I could feel the stresses of the day draining away, and I had a feeling of being enfolded in something warm, comforting and relaxing.

Dead Man's Hand

DOING my research in preparation for reviewing this play, the few notices I could find used words like ‘disappointing’, ‘far-fetched’ and ‘slow-moving’. Perhaps I am too easily pleased but I thought it was really rather good, with ingenious plot turns and clever dialogue.

Aladdin

Okay boys and girls.  What do we want when we go and see a Panto?  Do we want serious theatre?  Altogether ….. NO! Do we want to be entertained?  Altogether….. YES! Do we want thought provoking performances?  Altogether…. NO! Do we want to go out with a smile on our faces?  Altogether …. YES! Well, go and see Aladdin at the Pavilion.  You’ll get all you want and none of what you don’t want.

 

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