REVIEW: ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ – Shorwell Drama Club

This pantomime kicks of my own festive season of theatre, with so many productions planned on the Isle of Wight we are very lucky to have a packed theatre schedule from December right through until February. Whether you fancy taking the family to a larger production or one of the community events there is something…

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: ‘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: ‘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: 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…