REVIEW: ‘Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’ – The Apollo Players

… the abiding memory taken away by all the audiences was of absolute hilarity. We were breathless with laughter as Peter Harris, as the very elderly butler Butterfield, tottered across the stage; as Bertie Wooster got almost inextricably entangled in his braces; as Jeeves morphed into Madeleine Bassett through the judicious use of a lampshade and a pink silk scarf … the list could go on!

REVIEW: Suddenly At Home by Francis Durbridge – The Apollo Players

Audiences at the Apollo were treated to a classic Durbridge suspense-filled thriller: not so much a whodunnit, more a ‘willhegetawaywithit’ with added plot twists and surprises along the way. So I will try not to spoil any of those surprises, since the play runs until Saturday 14th September, giving you a chance to see for…

REVIEW: Majesty – at Copsefield Gardens, 6 July 2019

There may be better ways of spending a gloriously warm and sunny late afternoon/evening than in the truly beautiful environment of Copsefield Gardens, sipping Prosecco and listening to talented musicians play, interspersed with readings from writers such as Shakespeare – but I can’t think of any. And it’s all in aid of charity, mostly local,…

REVIEW: Natural Causes by Eric Chappell – The Apollo Players

The first – but by no means only – wonderful thing I noticed about ‘Natural Causes’ was the set: the talented team at the Apollo have brought to life in every detail the book-lined study of a faded intellectual, personified in the character of Walter Bryce who, as the play begins, is very anxiously playing…

REVIEW: Jesus Chris Superstar – Ventnor Theatre Group

When I first heard Ventnor Theatre Group were staging this show, I had mixed feelings – it is my favourite Lloyd-Webber/Rice musical so I was delighted – but the score is notoriously difficult to perform, so I wondered how they would ever find a cast to really do it justice. I need not have worried…

REVIEW: Too Soon For Daisies – Bembridge Little Theatre Club

Having enjoyed previous BLTC productions, I anticipated their latest offering with delight – and I wasn’t disappointed. The play itself, about three elderly ladies who have quite literally shipped out of their retirement home in the 1960’s, and landed on the Suffolk coast in search of a new home, sets up plenty of opportunities for…

REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew – South Wight Youth Theatre

Taking on a Shakespeare play is a challenge for any theatre group; even more so for a youth theatre whose average age is in the low teens. After all, all teenagers hate Shakespeare, right? Not so – for every single young actor taking part in The Taming of the Shrew at The Island Free School…

REVIEW: Brontë by Polly Teale – The Apollo Players

The real power of the play though, highlighted by the talent and skill of the direction and acting, centres on the isolation and repression of the three sisters, which finds its outlet in the characters of their imagination; Bertha and Cathy (from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights respectively) are superbly portrayed by Maria Wilkinson, and represent the inner passions of their characters’ creators perfectly, in words and, so often, in silent action.