A razor-sharp telling of murderous tale

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, November 02, 2012 - 10:05


A razor-sharp telling of murderous tale

Steve Jones as Sweeney Todd and Blue Brown as Mrs Lovett. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

STAGE REVIEW SOMETIMES an actor and a role are just a match made in heaven, or hell, in the case of Sweeney Todd.

In Hollywood, many would argue Sly Stallone was made for the role of Rocky, while the late, great Patrick Swayze was perfect as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing.

When the gruesome blockbuster Sweeney Todd hit our screens in 2007, it was hard to think anyone other than Johnny Depp could ever fit the bill.

That was until Steve Jones stepped up, in Stageworks Theatre Company’s latest production of Sweeney Todd The Musical.

Jones, a schoolteacher, was brilliant in the lead role, epitomising the dark demeanour of the character perfectly and mesmerising Shanklin Theatre audience with his amazing voice.

Jones was perfectly complemented by the outstanding Blue Brown, who played the ditsy pie maker, Mrs Lovett.

Island band Lucid singer Brown has a fantastic voice but she also showed her talent on the stage with a confident and comical performance, which gave this grim tale some light-hearted moments.

The entire cast did themselves proud — the standard of the acting and singing provided another

example of the talent the Island has to offer.

The staging was as impressive, notably the chair where the demon barber claimed his victims.

The programme notes revealed the level of work that went into the chair, which ejected victims down a shute via a trap door into a basement.

All the hours put in paid off as the chair, coupled by the clever use of fake blood, had the audience in fits of laughter.

The vintage video of Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett at the seaside was another unexpected extra.

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