… what better way to welcome the island back to its marvellous theatre than with Festively Theatrical! A laid back, homely concert done by some of the islands most experienced in the amateur dramatic scene.
“Tallulah plays both roles in this dialogue for one, and it is her performance that holds the play together. Her inflections, particularly as Rachel, are spot on and her handling of Ross’ darker moments makes this piece, at times, difficult to watch – in a good way.”
Around 30 separate performances made up this very special and entertaining show, featuring a wide range of Islanders with two things in common – talent and residency on our lovely Island.
“Combining the best features of live performance and recorded shows, this ‘almost live’ hour flew by, providing some much-needed laughter and entertainment.”
The mesmerising performance of Holly Squires as Ruth, taking us from her struggles as a single mother through her own personal hell of alcoholism, abortions, miscarriages and domestic abuse that finally drove her to the murder she was convicted of.
I’d like to say a sincere well done to everyone involved with this wonderful production, and to encourage anyone who enjoys musical comedy and supporting the young talent of our Island to go and see it – from an audience member who went away singing and looking forward to the next SWYT show!
“Amy White Theatre is a place to watch in coming years for the sheer quality of amateur production that they have produced recently. The company is exemplary in their energy and dedication to the art of pantomime. Well done all!”
“…the show’s strength really lies in the talent and dedication of the whole cast,…”
All I can say to sum up, in the words of grumpy journalist Simon Sparks (a marvellous cameo from Leo Fitzpatrick) is “I don’t often say this, but I give it six stars.”
In fact, there are far more than six stars in this show – every one of the students (and a couple of teachers!) on stage, and every one of the production team behind it is a star!
The Apollo is gaining a reputation for ‘blockbuster’ productions at Christmas – a good alternative to the traditional pantomime for a festive family treat. Last year ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ proved immensely popular and this year ‘Dad’s Army’ became the first Apollo Players’ show in history to sell out every performance before the curtain had even risen on opening night.
Ventnor Theatre Group’s latest show was a unique spin on the classic pantomime Cinderella, giving it a modern reconfiguration and setting it in a concert style. It was an adventurous undertaking by director Joe Plumb who not only wrote the script, but also adapted the lyrics of popular musical theatre and pop songs to fit…