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Folk and Blues
A Slice of Saturday Night
by The Heather Brothers
The Mitre Theatre, Croydon & Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish
July & August 2013
Director: John Harries-Rees
Musical Director: John Chandler

 

Please use THIS LINKto view the Photographs of the show.

Click HEREto download a .pdf of the souvenir programme



A Slice of Saturday Night

 

Croydon Advertiser Review.  Theo Spring

 

Good musicians and good vocalists are a requisite for this nostalgic return to the 60s and Mitre Players delivered both. As the girls and boys prepare for their Saturday night out at the Club A Go-Go, there is planning, primping and pouting - not just from the girls - and an air of expectation for the evening’s possibilities.
Those who were part of this era relished the songs which were so very reminiscent of the period and those too young just enjoyed the hopes and aspirations the lyrics revealed.


Dressed to kill in their sixties gear, with hair styles to match,  the girls - Melissa Cox as Sharon, Jo Morrison as Penny, Eve Simpson as Sue and Cat Curtis as Bridget used excellent vocal talent both in their solos and joint numbers, harmonising well with each other and with their ‘beaux’ when the story required. Aspiring to a successful night, although maybe with slightly different aims, the boys did equal justice to the numbers,  and added good comedy too. James Wheildon was the over confident Gary, Thom McGowan the cheeky but unsure Eddie and Simon Long brought out the yearning of young love as the delightful Rick. In charge of the evening at the club,  Charles Marriott was perfect as owner Eric (rubber legs) De Vene - keeping order, contributing some great numbers and with just the right air of having been around the block a few times.


Clever scenery jigsawed into a variety of scenes, both within and outside the club premises, shifted seamlessley by Alex Greenslade playing the club’s barman.


Keeping groups on the move in a relatively small space was excellently achieved by experienced director John Harries-Rees who is taking his production to Dawlish from 20th - 24th August. Many congratulations go to him and his whole cast for such a professional and lively show where the MD was John Chandler, costumes coordinated by Anna Warnock and additional choreography by Tonia Porter and Lorraine Price.

 

We wish the company well as they take a slice of Croydon’s talented amateurs down to Dawlish.

 

 

Theo Spring                            Croydon Adveritiser                                       July 2013