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: My Fair Lady – The Island Savoyards

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is the story of phonetician Henry Higgins who slips into the Covent Garden flower market to record the voices of its sellers, he cracks that he could make a grubby flower girl sound like a duchess. The grubby flower girl, Eliza, takes him up on the…

REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Carol’ – The Island Savoyards

Christmas came early to Shanklin Theatre with a vibrant and feel-good production of A Christmas Carol by the Island Savoyards, directed by Anthony Wright, with Andrew Woodford as Musical Director and Jake Alabaster as Choreographer. A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, originally penned by Charles Dickens in 1843, who undergoes an unexpected change…

REVIEW: ‘Made in Dagenham’ – The Island Savoyards

Revolutionary spirit was alive and well at Shanklin Theatre last night for The Island Savoyards’ production of the 2014 musical Made in Dagenham, directed by Anthony Wright with Andrew Woodford as Musical Director. Based on the events of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike, the musical was the creation of David Arnold, Richard Thomas and Richard Bean,…

REVIEW: ‘Cinderella’ – The Wight Strollers

It would be hard to contemplate a February Half term without the annual Wight Strollers pantomime. It has become such a fixed point in the year for so many theatre goers (young and old) that no February would be complete without an injection of Strollers magic. I think before I begin my review it’s important to appreciate the…