Stage Reviews

First Act making history again

First Act making history again

Friday, April 4, 2014

STAGE REVIEW FIRST Act has much to celebrate in its 20th anniversary year.

Targets in their sights

Targets in their sights

Friday, March 28, 2014

STAGE REVIEW TEEN angst is not known for its subtlety.

Exuberant musical is a sell out

Exuberant musical is a sell out

Friday, March 21, 2014

STAGE REVIEW THE house-full boards were out at the Apollo Theatre for the world premiere of the new musical, Rumpy Pumpy, written by the Island’s Barbara Mackie

Quirks, thrills and originality

Quirks, thrills and originality

Friday, March 14, 2014

STAGE REVIEW A DANCE routine based on the historical figure Mary Tudor, but with a modern twist, ensured Carisbrooke College continued its tradition of excellence when performing in the annual Rock Challenge competition.

Hollow hanky panky

Hollow hanky panky

Friday, February 28, 2014

STAGE REVIEW
AGATHA Christie’s The Hollow, staged by Original Theatre at Shanklin Theatre last week, was a classic example of a country house mystery, full of twists and turns, intrigues and illicit love interests.

Panto filled with treasure

Panto filled with treasure

Friday, February 21, 2014

STAGE REVIEWAN ARRR-MIGHTY performance was given at Medina Theatre when Robinson Crusoe battled pirates to discover treasure in this year’s Wight Strollers pantomime on Saturday.

Joseph’s Dreamcoat brings in the audiences

Joseph’s Dreamcoat brings in the audiences

Friday, February 21, 2014

STAGE REVIEWAROUND 120 youngsters from Hunnyhill Primary School, Newport, performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to full houses.

IW Students are the champions

IW Students are the champions

Friday, February 21, 2014

STAGE REVIEW SCHOOLS Will Rock You sent shivers down my spine on Valentines’ Day, when Christ the King College delivered the hit musical to a packed Sixth Form Centre.

How women complicate the tranquil lives of men

How women complicate the tranquil lives of men

Friday, February 14, 2014

STAGE REVIEW FOR more than 15 years, an elderly homeless woman lived in a broken-down van, parked on the driveway of writer Alan Bennett’s home in Camden, London.

West End standards at college production

West End standards at college production

Friday, December 20, 2013

STAGE REVIEW MEDINA College put on a simply stunning performance of the much-loved musical, Miss Saigon.

Cat that’s got the cream

Cat that’s got the cream

Friday, December 6, 2013

STAGE REVIEW IN FRONT of the biggest audience of their near 20-year history, almost 600 were at Shanklin Theatre on Monday night to see the First Act theatre company reach new heights with their pantomime, Puss in Boots.

Horrors are a joy in academy production

Horrors are a joy in academy production

Friday, November 29, 2013

STAGE REVIEW A MAN-eating plant came to life at Shanklin Theatre on Tuesday evening, when Sandown Bay Academy performed The Little Shop of Horrors.

Tangled farce buoyed up by good chemistry

Tangled farce buoyed up by good chemistry

Friday, November 15, 2013

STAGE REVIEW THE Pepperpot Players like to set themselves a challenge but there were times when their performance of Caught on the Hop may have been too big a jump for them.

A web of lies and deceit

A web of lies and deceit

Friday, November 15, 2013

STAGE REVIEW PLAYWRIGHT Harold Pinter was an experienced adulterer.

IW bridge to capital debut

IW bridge to capital debut

Friday, November 8, 2013

STAGE REVIEW INSPIRED by the public suicide of a Greek farmer and a Prague bridge with a sinister reputation, On the Bridge was a challenging dark comedy, performed by Original Theatre at Quay Arts, Newport, last Friday.

Hello, hello, Savoyards introduce a fun Dolly

Hello, hello, Savoyards introduce a fun Dolly

Friday, November 1, 2013

STAGE REVIEW I HAVE a confession to make — I don’t like Barbra Streisand.
Handicapped by this prejudice, I had no idea what to expect from the Island Savoyards production of Hello Dolly.

Show-stopping cheeky display

Show-stopping cheeky display

Friday, November 1, 2013

STAGE REVIEW A SUPERB and professional performance of the hit musical Annie at the Medina Theatre provided a perfect evening’s entertainment last Thursday.

A poignant drama served with panache

A poignant drama served with panache

Friday, November 1, 2013

STAGE REVIEW IF YOU are free this evening (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday), I would urge you to catch the new production at the Apollo Theatre.

Guests check in with very different lives

Guests check in with very different lives

Friday, October 11, 2013

STAGE REVIEW CURTAIN Up’s latest production, Neil Simon’s trio of vignettes, Plaza Suite, was one of the most entertaining I have seen for some time.

What the MP really did at Westminster

What the MP really did at Westminster

Friday, October 11, 2013

STAGE REVIEW The antics of an MP’s attempts to juggle his marriage and relationship with one of the prime minister’s secretaries make up a farce by Newchurch Drama Group.

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