RAISING THE CURTAIN #11: “My Theatre History” by Zoe Divers

“A good friend of mine asked me to write this blog post about my past theatre experiences on the Isle of Wight. This got me thinking. Without the island’s theatre scene, I wouldn’t have met this friend. In fact, I wouldn’t have met the majority of the wonderful, talented people that I am so lucky to call my friends.”

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: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ – The Island Savoyards

It is a testament to the reputation of the Island Savoyards that the four performances of ‘Joseph’ were sold out before the first had even started, and it is to the many people who were unable to get a ticket that I direct my apology, because I have to tell you that you missed an incredible show. From the chorus number at the start to the grand finale, the stage was packed with colour, movement, entertainment and a huge amount of talent.

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: 9 to 5 – The Island Savoyards

Did you know the parking meter was invented in 1935? Consolidated Industrials office newcomer Judy Bernly shares trivia when she’s nervous, and her opening joke about needing an hour to park – particularly apt for the packed Shanklin Theatre audience! – set the tone for the evening: feel-good and funny, 9 to 5: The Musical is based…

PREVIEW: Funny Money – Shanklin Theatre

We catch up with the cast behind this superb farce! Content includes references to a ‘red bra’ and “… the twists and turns are as complicated as the family tree of a guest on Jeremy Kyle.”

REVIEW: You’re Only Young Twice – Pepperpot Players

Sporting a talented cast, witty humour and an abundance of the feel-good factor, the Pepperpot Players’ production of You’re Only Young Twice at Shanklin Theatre is easy viewing for all audiences. Written by Ron Aldridge, this two-act comedy was first performed in 2001 at Eastbourne, directed by Aldridge himself. The original cast featured Carmen Silvera (‘Allo…