REVIEW: ‘The Addams Family’ – South Wight Youth Theatre

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!


REVIEW: ‘Our Skool’s Nativity’ – The Bay CE School

“…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!

REVIEW: Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019 – at Medina Theatre

Thank you to Shakespeare Schools Festival, the teacher-directors and the casts for creating a pleasant evening of theatre. The three casts were extremely impressive!

“… a brilliant performance by Binstead Primary School”
“… highly engaging with a unique theme that showed ‘Macbeth’ in a new light” (The Island Free School)
“… always very ambitious with their themes and this year was no different… highly engaging and comedic” (Medina College).

REVIEW: ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ – The Island Free School

The Island Free School drama department took ton a sizeable challenge with this play and made it their own. With strong dramatic and comedy performances, and excellent technical stage craft abound, it was clear that everybody was well rehearsed, enjoying themselves and proud to be involved.

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: ‘Matilda’ – The Island Free School

There’s a star in the making in young Sienna Hobbs, a Year 7 student at the Island Free School. Her powerful vocals, clear diction and expressive performance in the titular role in The Island Free School’s 30 minute production of Matilda blew the audience away, and her rendition of ‘Naughty’ would give any Matilda in the…

REVIEW: Oklahoma! – South Wight Theatre Group

The infectiously energetic cast, comprised entirely of young Island performers (and Bobby Oddy) tackled Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless classic with a sophistication beyond their years – remaining consistently impressive across scenes both harrowing and hilarious.