Reviews

Dad's Army

Having been considering performing Dad's Army for a couple of years, RMDS realised the significance of 2015 being 70 years since the end of World War II and the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. And what a fabulous choice they made!

Rutherford and Son

Rutherford and Son is often called an anti-capitalist piece, but actually there is little in the play to support this view. Rather, it is a plea for the rights of women and for simple human love.

9 to 5:The Musical

If you thought Dolly Parton was just big blonde hair and a pneumatic chest, 9 to 5, for which she wrote all the music and lyrics, will make you think again. Its terrific songs help to carry along a show which is as lively and exciting as it is thought-provoking.

Ruddigore

We know we are in for something special when the tabs rise at the start of the overture to reveal a gauze on which are projected images introducing the show while thunder rumbles and behind the gauze, bathed in eerie red light, sit half a dozen men in what looks like a gentlemen’s club. The audience’s attention is grabbed at once and is never let go in this terrific production.

Festen

My knowledge of Scandinavian plays has, up until now, been the works of 19th-century writers such as Ibsen or Strindberg. This play, new to me, is adapted by David Eldridge and is based on the Dogme film and play by the Danish Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov and Bo Hr. [sic] Hansen.

The Happiest Days of Your Life

It is appropriate that in the fiftieth year of their existence, Ferndown Drama have gone back to a play that is older even than they are: The Happiest Days of Your Life was a stage play before being turned into the memorable 1950 film starring Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford.

Silly Cow

I went to this play totally in the dark as to its content and have to admit that I was duped – and not in a negative way. The direction of the piece and the combined energy of the ensemble cast led me down a path I had not envisaged: ‘spoilers’ I will not reveal except to say that I did not expect the second half to be what it turned out to be.

Round the Horne 50th Anniversary Tour

Back in the mid-1960s it was a family tradition in our house to listen to the radio on Sunday afternoons. Whilst I remember my parents chortling heartily during Round the Horne, I was less interested and was really only waiting for Pick of the Pops to come on a little later.

The Hollow

The art deco atmosphere of the Tivoli lends a great atmosphere to a first-class production of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery. The set faithfully represents the garden room of a 1950s country house while the butler – Gudgeon, played by Simon Jackson – and the maid – Doris, played by Bethany Barfoot – characterise well the servants of such an establishment.

Round and Round the Garden

Round and Round the Garden is one of three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s woven trilogy, ‘The Norman Conquests’. It centres around, unsurprisingly, a character called Norman and, well, his conquests – or rather, attempts at conquering three of the ladies in his life: his wife, her sister and her sister-in-law.

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