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BROS Theatre Company


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A Class Act

A Class Act 5 June - 9 June 2018

Venue: Hampton Hill Theatre

Our first night audience was raving about A Class Act!

“Stylish choreography”

“Total class in every department - performers, band, staging”

“I’m in love with the cast"

"Impeccably performed”

“Witty script and really poignant"

"Beautifully intimate”

“A little gem of a show”

But don’t just take their word for it; give Love Island a miss and come see this wonderful show for yourself!

For tickets, please visit: TicketSource

 

Posted on 07/06/2018

 

The Three Towns Operatic Society

The Three Towns Operatic Society

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Orpheua in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld 15th - 19th May 2018

St.Joseph's Hall, Leigh.

Three Town’s Operatic Society are an award winning operatic group catering for amateur singers and performers in and around the Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley area. (hence the 'three towns'). The society ranges in age from teenagers to those old enough to have been on stage for 50 years (you work that one out!) Although they are still widely acknowledged as a Gilbert and Sullivan society, they introduced operettas by other famed composers such as Strauss, Lehar, Benatzky and Stoltz, in the mid-nineties. This being a non-G&S year, their latest production is Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach.

The show is a comic operetta in three acts. Satirising Greek Mythology and in particular, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The performance pokes fun by mocking the gods, Mount Olympus and the Underworld. Whilst it presents the twisted tales of love and relationships between earthly beings and the gods, one thing is for certain, it never takes itself too seriously. The audience and performers alike spend a really entertaining two and a half hours watching the events unfold in a hilarious series of comic vignettes and everyone looks like they were having so much fun on stage throughout!

The visuals of the production were so varied because the three acts were so distinctive in their content. Act one, with its Alpine-earthly setting could have been quite dull but the bright cardboard cut-outs of sheep and the very obvious fakeness of the fields, gave the audience every signal that this was a comedy. As we were introduced to Eurydice, played by the vocally talented Victoria Goulden, singing about her lover (who isn’t her husband Orpheus), we see the cheeky humour shining through in her delivery. The hatred in her relationship with Orpheus (Tony Meehan), is hilarious to watch and Meehan’s comic timing had the audience in stitches.

Without giving away too much of the story, act two is set on Mount Olympus, with the Greek gods. When the curtains first opened, the spectacular imagery of the costumes (provided by Charades of St Helens) drew a gasp of admiration from the audience (including myself). The music was faster tempo, the energy on stage was electric and act two was just a feast for the eyes and ears. The cast filled the stage with their presence and part of their success is down to the dynamic sound and energy from the chorus of gods and goddesses.

Having seen other productions from Three Towns, I know that the backbone of the society are those who have been in it for many years, however there were a number of newer members in this production and their presence was really worth noting. In the roles of Mars (Winston Carmichael), Diana (Lauren Smith) and Venus (Jennie Heywood), they brought a new energy to the entire show and gave so much back to the production that you couldn’t help watch them on stage. The audience were delighted by dancers from Kathleen Atherton’s School of Dance who made a guest appearance in act three to perform a magnificent display can-can.

The atmosphere, style of music and visuals changed once again for act three, set in the underworld. The red lighting, sequined costumes, smoke machines and punky atmosphere gave a real edge to the final act. When you consider that David Kay has been a member of this society for 50 years, it could have become quite tiresome and unchanged. However, Kay’s direction and sense of fun really shaped this performance to create a production which was slick and contemporary.

Under the musical direction of Rod Dakin, this amateur operatic group excels in their field. The stunning vocal harmonies and precision in their delivery is a real treat to witness. With solid solo performances throughout (too many to mention), you really feel the true power of this company when the full ensemble sings. This, accompanied by the 18 strong, professional orchestra really created an evening of quality entertainment and music.

I was really taken by this show, the tongue-in-cheek humour, the spectacle of the staging and the incredible talent of the singers on stage. You just wouldn’t expect this level of professionalism on a church hall stage in Leigh! In the words of Jupiter, last night Three Towns were ‘the most affluent society in existence. If you knew what some of those wretched mortals on earth have to put up with,’ this show will certainly surprise you!

Orpheus in the Underworld will be performed at St Joseph’s Hall in Leigh until Saturday, 19th May. I suggest you get your tickets before it’s too late.

Reviewer - Johanna Hassouna-Smith
on - 15/5/18

 

Posted on 18/05/2018

 

Darlington Operatic Society
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Review by David Wriglesworth

See full review here whatsondarlington.co.uk

Darlington Hippodrome was brimming with glitz, glamour, fake eyelashes and a bus full of talent on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, as the Darlington Operatic Society performed their take on “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.

Based on the 1994 Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the heart-warming adventure of two drag queens, Tick (Nicholas Fletcher-Holmes) and Adam (Luke Oldfield), and a transgender woman, Bernadette (Julian Cound).

The trio travel across Australia in their battered old bus named Priscilla in the search for love and friendship, though they end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

From the word go, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a highly extravagant and hugely entertaining production. The show is brilliantly led by the three leading “ladies”, who fill the high heels of the main characters magnificently, strutting around the stage in their flamboyant dresses and sky-scraping wigs, complete with risqué jokes and sharp one-liners.

Amongst the sexual innuendos and double entendres are some brilliantly handled heart-warming moments, for instance, an affectionate father-son bonding scene involving Nicholas Fletcher-Holmes and child actor Matthew Scott (in the role of Benji). The sheer contrast in tone in comparison to the all-singing, all-dancing numbers is testament to the diverse range of acting talents on display.

The leading ladies are joined by a terrific ensemble and live orchestra, as they sing and dance their way through a parade of dance floor classics, including “Venus”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “I Will Survive”. Each of the well-loved anthems is performed to an extremely high standard, and has been brilliantly staged and choreographed by Martyn Knight.

Not only does the Darlington Operatic Society sound the part, but they also look the part too, as each member of the cast dazzles in a multitude of glamorous outfits and lavish make-up. They are backed by a tremendous set design, most notably an LED-lit bus topped with a giant pink heel and complete with rotating wheels.

Overall, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is yet another high-end production from the Darlington Operatic Society. The talented ensemble successfully overcome every challenge thrown their way, something they will be hoping to continue when they swap the battered old bus for the magic flying car when “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” rolls into town in October.

 

Posted on 03/05/2018

 




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