Review: Deck The Halls at St Mary’s Creative Space

There’s nothing that warms the soul on a winter’s night better than a rousing selection of festive melodies, and that’s exactly what St Mary’s Creative Space presented on Thursday 10th December with Deck The Halls. Described as a ‘selection box’ of winter tunes drawn from the last eight centuries, the evening’s music came from a variety of sources and a collection of uniquely talented individuals.

First to grace the stage were the intriguing Maranella, initially a four piece group of ladies in medieval dress, who inspired images of beautiful birds and glorious nature with their harmonious folk songs and authentic woodwind instruments. For someone whose knowledge of medieval music only extends as far as Greensleeves, I found myself delighted in particular by ‘The King’, an ode to the mighty wren. The ranks of Maranella swelled for the second half of the show, when the two male members (and a whole host of fabulous medieval instruments) joined the troupe. The 13th century hi-jinks were superb, filling the massive space of St Mary’s with the sound of drums, harps and even bagpipes.

The charming Rose Price acted as a sort of compere for the event, introducing her fellow artists with humour and a knowing smile. She also performed some delightful folk ballads which encouraged participants from the enthused audience to sing along, not least the popular theme of Lark Rise to Candleford. Rose also performed duets with various members of the other acts, some extremely fresh and impromptu, but all hugely effective and enjoyable.

James Bazley, the self proclaimed contemporary act of the night, switched up the pace with some rousing acoustic guitar arrangements, including a country and western style reworking of We Three Kings and a beautifully haunting rendition of Silent Night which sent the audience into rapturous applause. James also returned in the second half with a bluesy rock cover of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as well as one of his own original songs written for the Christmas season. He is a fabulously talented guitarist, and his sets can only be described as a stunning musical event.

After a brief appearance in the first half’s choral performance of The Holly And The Ivy, musical duo John Finnan and Frank Welcomme took to the stage with some wonderful contemporary folk songs. Accompanied by instruments such as the harmonica, accordion and acoustic guitar, these two talented gentlemen roused the crowd into a warm campfire style singalong that would have brought a smile to even the frostiest faces. Christmas In The Trenches is a particular favourite that will be stuck in my head for quite some time.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed all the acts of Deck The Halls, my particular favourites were Roy and Mary Clinging, who delivered the perfect balance of historical whimsy and marvelous melody. Possessing superb harmonies and the complex strains of the English concertina, this duo covered all of the historic musical traditions that I was expecting from the night, from wassailing and the wren boys’ carols to the hilarious Victorian broadsides and upbeat Morris dancing tunes. Roy’s fascinating and descriptive anecdotes on the origins and style of each tune really rounded off the imaginative theme that Deck The Halls provided throughout the night.

An absolute triumph for a festive night out.

Find out more about St Mary’s Christmas Events here.

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LitFest Review: Deborah Moggach

Author of such favourites as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Tulip Fever” and her new novel “Something To Hide”, Deborah Moggach entertained a collective of devoted fans on Monday 19th October. Another installment of the superb Chester Literature Festival, this evening of book chat saw Moggach divulge the secrets of the births of some of her most popular works, as well as enthralling tidbits from her personal life which often contribute to the flavour of her novels.

Gracious and vivacious as ever in her mid sixties, Moggach’s wealth of experience in the writing industry was fascinating to hear about. “Something To Hide” was her first port of call, as the author described a wealth of global themes which she had collected over the last twenty years that finally came together in this riveting drama. Her central character, Petra, is a woman newly sixty, whose romantic life is a constant stream of disasters and mistakes. Moggach revealed her own chaotic encounters with the world of internet dating, ensuring there was plenty of real life experience to back up Petra’s forlorn search for love.

When discussing “Tulip Fever” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Moggach described her very different inspirations for the projects: the former from a beautiful Dutch painting which she wanted to walk straight into, and the latter from a theory that Britain’s elderly could be outsourced to India, where their pensions would go a lot further and arthritis would be a thing of the past. She also divulged some fascinating inside information about transferring a novel to the big screen, as well as a few things that she was dissatisfied with during the process.

Moggach fielded several enthusiastic questions from the audience at the end of her talk, and was delightful and chatty when she signed copies of “Something To Hide” afterwards. The evening was an insightful and delightful experience with a writer who really knows how to enthrall her crowd.

For more information about the Chester Literature Festival, visit: http://www.chesterperforms.com/literature/events/

Habeas Corpus- Chester Theatre Club! Starts this Sat July 4th.

Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
Chester Theatre Club are inviting theatregoers  on a trip to the seaside as they present a fast paced and colourful comedy which will bring their current season to a close.

“Habeas Corpus” by Alan Bennett, directed for Chester Theatre Club by Mark Newman is set in Brighton’s well-to-do district of Hove takes and a wry look at the sexual revolution of the 1960s and its effects on the Wicskteed family, the seemingly respectable but sex obsessed GP Dr Arthur Wicksteed, his sexually frustrated wife Muriel and their hypochondriac Son, Dennis plus a whole host of other stereotypical, larger than life characters including the lecherous and appropriately named Vicar, Canon Throbbing, the Wicksteed’s charlady Mrs Swabb and travelling salesman Mr Shanks. Unwanted amourous advances, mix ups and mistaken identities make for a wonderfully riotous romp, in the finest tradition of British comedy.The play’s Director, Mark Newman said “It’s been a great play to work on, the cast and crew have had a ball in rehearsals and we hope the audiences will have as much fun watching it as we have had putting it together. We have a wonderfully talented cast and the set builders and painters have done a fantastic job in creating a vibrant and colourful set, it feels like your actually in one of  Donald McGill’s famous Seaside postcards”.

With its nod to the much loved comedy of the Carry On films in their heyday and the famous british”nudge nudge wink wink” sense of humour, “Habeas Corpus” is a celebration of Alan Bennett’s wonderful writing as he takes to task the attitudes towards sex and the permissive society of 1960s Britain with full comedic effect.

The play runs in the Auditorium at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester from Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th July. Tickets are £8.50 with £7.00 concessions available for the perfomances on the first Saturday and Monday and Tuesday evenings and can be booked on 0333 663366(booking fee applies) or online at www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk where full details of Habeas Corpus and all upcoming shows and events at the theatre can be found.

press release: Paul Crofts

Attachment: Photo1 (HC1) Shows: Mrs Swabb (Sally Dillon) tries not to eavesdrop as Mrs Wicksteed(Marian Newman) arranges a secret liaison in a scene from Chester Theatre Club’s production of Habeas Corpus which runs at Chester Little Theatre from 4th -11th July.
Photo 2 (HC4) shows: Mr Shanks (Ray Bengree) gets to grips with Felicity Rumpers(Natasha Hale) as (from L-R) Connie Wicksteed(Julie Blagrove) Dr Wicksteed(Malcolm Gledhill), Mrs Wicksteed(Marian Newman) and Dennis Wicksteed(Dan Ellis) look on in disbelief.
Photo 3 (HC2 Jane Barth(centre) as Lady Rumpers with (from L-R) Andy Hutchings as Canon Throbbing, Julie Blagrove as Connie Wicksteed, Malcom Gledhill and Marian Newman as Dr and Mrs Wicksteed, Natasha Hale as Felicity Rumpers, Dan Ellis as Dennis Wicksteed and Sally Dillon as Mrs Swabb in a scene from Chester Theatre Club’s production of Habeas Corpus which runs at Chester Little Theatre from 4th – 11th July.
PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Cain at www.eventphotographysc.co.uk
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Review: Welcome to Wonderland – Minerva Youth Theatre

Welcome to Wonderland
Minerva Youth Theatre
University of Chester, Kingsway Campus
4th April 2015

Youth Theatre Bring New Life to Ex Gateway Associate Directors’ Play

Minerva Youth Theatre presented their latest innovative performance on Saturday 4th April in Chester to sold out houses. The Youth Theatre established in 2011, from the remnants of the old Chester Gateway Youth Theatre, have been producing ground breaking new performances ever since.

This year’s extravaganza was a rebirth of an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland originally performed at the Gateway theatre in 2004, written by Jim Johnson the then associate director of Chester Gateway Theatre and the Chester Gateway Youth Theatre company. Steph Brocken, the artistic director of Minerva Arts and leader of Minerva Youth Theatre, was assistant director on that original production and in the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book she decided it would be the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into the production.

With performers from across the Chester region, the performance sizzled with light, sound, music and dance. Featuring all kinds of cultural references from the 1990’s Madchester scene to a drag artist to a Cheshire Cat DJ.

Audience members loved the performances and commented on the ‘unexpected new twists’, how the show ‘captured the surreal perfectly’ and how much this was a ‘great youth theatre performance’, a great testament to the part that these young people are playing in the continued cultural life of Chester.

For Saturday evening’s performance the company was joined by the original author of the play, Jim Johnson (now CEO of Oldham based arts organisation Peshkar Productions) who praised the cast afterwards and reminded the waiting audience how the members of Minerva Youth Theatre are the future of the arts in Chester. He also used the opportunity to speak to the assembled crowd about the importance of celebrating and investing in young people and the arts, as well as lobbying our politicians both national and local to ensure the arts and young people are central to their plans and decisions.

Minerva Youth Theatres’ next performances will take place in July as part of a collaborative celebration of Youth Theatre alongside Chester Little Theatre’s Youth Theatre.

If you know any creayive young people looking for the chance to get involved in the arts, places are available at Minerva Youth Theatre for the new term. The ‘7-11’ group meet every Saturday 10-12 at the Cheshire Military Museum and the ‘Seniors’ company (for those 11+) meet every Wednesday 7-9pm at the Kingsway Buildings, University of Chester.

For more information on Minerva Arts and how to join Minerva Youth Theatre please visit: http://www.minervaarts.com or email minerva_arts@live.co.uk

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Pictured are: Photo 02 The full cast with Artistic Director Steph Brocken, Youth Theatre Leader Kyle Hill and Writer Jim Johnson
Photo 12 Ava Pinches, Jamie McCrae, Lloyd Ramsey, Dylan Bowen, Katherine Woods (Back row), William Johnson, Carmen Vickery, Gemma Lawrie and Becky Clough (front row).
Photo 15: Sian Richardson and Lauren Davison

My top 10 cultural moments in Chester 2014

In the lead up to Christmas and the end of the year I thought I’d take a look back at 2014.   To think about my personal favourite moments in Chester’s arts and culture offering over the past 12 months.  There has been so many great events, gigs and happenings organised by a wealth of grassroots organisations and passionate people. When I thought about it properly there was absolutely tons I could have included but I’d decided ten was the number!  So here are the top ten things that made me go “Wow” this year in Chester’s arts and culture; approximately in the order they happened….

DSC_0134Cathedral at Height tour

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this tour just before the launch.  Quite a breath-taking experience (and not just because of the 216 stairs) Here’s my full review from the day.

Chester Fringe  – The Minerva Lodge Tattoo Club stage

Bringing the wonders of The Chester Fringe with the fab team at Minerva Lodge Tattoo Club was always going to bring good things.  The afternoon of this event had a special chilled-out community vibe.  Here’s my review from the day.

Chester Pride and The Glitter Lounge

Chester Pride was brilliant.  A much bigger event than last year, with the whole of Chester out on the streets for the parade and festival.  There was sunshine, music and even a real rainbow! The Glitter Lounge was where I spent most of my day at Pride. A glitzy, eclectic stage with belly dancers, the fabulous Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School, live music and more. It left everyone with a big smile on their faces.

Degree & MA Shows at University of Chester

I’ve attended the degree show every year since I moved here in 2010, but this year was stand-out.  The MA show was brilliant too.  A real sense of experimentation, testing boundaries with high quality work – I found it inspiring to see the talent growing in our little city.  Both Art & design Degree shows and MA Fine Art shows were equally impressive in their own ways. Read my degree show review here and MA show review here.

Launch of the Chester Food Assembly

The launch of the Chester Food Assembly helped me to achieve one of my new year promises to myself – to buy healthy food locally. But CFA goes far beyond shopping.  It brings the community together, and has fast become part of the cultural life of Chester.  Read my review of the launch party here.

Dinner at Satsuma

So is eating my dinner really a “cultural experience”? Well at Satsuma it is! The social communal set-up, the dinner party feel and the lovingly made food combine to create a really special evening.  Read my review here.

Hoole Christmas Lights Switch On

Merely saying these words make me smile.  From my first Christmas in Chester the Hoole Lights Switch on has been unmissable. Its one of the few moments when real-life Christmas matches the Christmas of the mind. Beautiful! Read my articles about it here.

The One Chair Project

The brainchild of Sam Riley and Chair, this community and photography project sought to champion Chester’s cultural forward thinkers.  Following tons of nominations 20 people were judged to be the winners and photoshoots with them have been taking place ever since, with the final images still under-wraps. I thought it was an ace way to showcase and celebrate the people who are making Chester a better place, and through Sam’s own passions and talent.  Here’s my interview with Sam about the project.

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This show really blew me away! The morning after I saw it I felt like it had all been a surreal dream.  Cleverly put together and so much fun! Read my full review here.

Mid-winter watch parade

Similarly to Hoole lights switch on, the Mid-Winter watch parade is part of our Christmassy traditions. The talent that goes into making the puppets and props is awesome! Full of character, theatre, music with a scary twist – I can’t get enough of it! See Dai Owen’s wonderful reportage illustrations of the parade here.

That’s my top ten, I’d love to hear your stand-out moments of Chester’s arts and culture in 2014!

 

Review: Alice (Theatre in the Quarter)

Alice is a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s works (written by Stephanie Dale). A story packed with classic “Wonderland” and “Looking Glass” moments woven into this new story; of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll’s friendship; the wonder of childhood and the bittersweet experience of changing, moving on and growing up.

The show is presented in-the-round so immediately you’re immersed in the action.  Just the fact you’re sitting down with the action unfolding around you evokes the feelings of being little again.

IMG_0201With a mix of magic, dream-like surreal, hilarity and a sprinkle of the scary (eek the Queen of Hearts!) it’s like the best of children’s stories brought to life!  Theatre In The Quarter have creatively used the seeming restrictions of live performance and performing in-the-round and turned them into opportunities to create drama and sparkle. From the beautifully choreographed scene changes, to the morphing stage, it’s so cleverly and artistically done. The brilliant actors play much of the music and the music is as characterising as the acting itself.  The Caterpillar drowsily playing the melodica is a touch of genius!

I don’t want to give too much of the show away because it was so much fun being taken along for the ride! But stand-out moments for me were; the arrival of the Cheshire Cat (magically interpreted), the Queen of Hearts, (always a favourite character of mine, but Sophie Hatfield is just amazing), and the whirlwind madness of the tea party.  The attention to detail of the show as a whole is exceptional, from the set, costume, music, acting every element builds to create a wonder for the senses – right down to the nervous fluttering of the flamingo (umbrella) birds.

Alice is a fabulous production that’s entertaining and fun with masses of depth cleverly put together (without ever being try-hard) Something the whole family can enjoy – go see it!

Alice continues on numerous dates until 10th January 2015.  Full details on their website here theatreinthequarter.co.uk/alice

 

Photography by Neil Kendall

Review – Chester Arts Fair 2014

Today I visited Chester Arts Fair first full day of their weekend annual event. Leading in from the entrance were works by some local schools, the first being Lower Queen’s School’s remembrance work. Followed by Abbey Gate College and King’s School.  It was great to see such a vibrant display from each and a real energy in the work, with interesting use of media and experimentation.

The fair is set out in sections for each exhibiting gallery or artist. This creates a nice mix for visitors of some stands holding work of a similar theme or style while others being far more eclectic.  Within this there are commercial art favourites both contemporary and traditional, traditional landscapes and portraiture and a few more unexpected pieces.

For me, as a lover of conceptually driven art, and not a collector either I was looking out for pieces which really captured a mood or sparked something in my mind.  Though there is an abundance of craft skill in the works, this isn’t what grabs my attention – I’m looking for a unique perspective, a story or an interesting approach to media.  The Invisible Print Studio was a small stand but with loads of energy and intriguing works, the staff were also keen to share the stories behind the work. Stand-out artsits here were Flora Parrot and Andrew Brick.

Local photographer Bob Hadfield had his own stand and displayed some of his “Mash Up” works, where he skilfully and wittily brings together photos of contemporary and historic scenes in Chester, which were great to see in the flesh as I’d only seen them online before.  I also loved his slightly eerie piece “The Approaching Northgate”

All in all a great couple of hours to soak up a broad creative offering.  Whether you’re a serious collector, are looking for work pleasing to the eye to fit in your home, or you’re on the look out for something more edgy there is a little inspiration for you all.

Chester Arts Fair is on show for the whole weekend closing at 5pm on Sunday 23rd November.  Full details can be found here www.chesterartsfair.co.uk

 

Gig review – The Reads – The Live Rooms – 4th October

The Reads, in support of Turin Breaks, 4th October 2014, Live Rooms, Chester.

You shouldn’t ever start with apologies but here’s three of the best. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get to writing this, I’m sorry it took me so long to get to listen to anything at the Live Rooms and I’m sorry it was so cold.
4th October was probably the only properly chill evening of the Autumn and we were there early. And as my other half’s from Manchester he’s culturally excluded from wearing more than a t-shirt unless there’s snow on the ground …

And The Reads have some lovely fans. (Of course they do you say.) No, truly, these people are music tribe; not a one was there by accident; you can’t seduce these folk with some hack-packaged version of cool. While we stand outside they’re re-counting what gig they saw last and where. Some of them in days.

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So it’s a relieved shuffle indoors when we get that far. There’s something about The Live Rooms that says serious, that they know what they’re at and how to achieve it. (And that’s not just the fact that they have draught vodka.)

The Reads open with Drowned. (Do you know that if you’ve seen a band twice you’ve fallen for them, musically? And if they play stuff you hum in your head, involuntarily, there’s no getting away…)

Drowned feels so close, so very nearby. That brave use of ‘you’; second person; drawing emotions onto you and they do this well with Drowned. It’s a daring thing because if it misses it grates on your soul. But they don’t miss; I am conspirator and listener, more than audience. Guitar melodies draw the sea, echoes and waves; repetition from which the words seem to be born. A first pass catch on the heart. I’m standing in a crowd of music tribe, they are singing the words too and that’s got to be one of the best feelings in the world.

But if you were new to The Reads? (How do you tag a band anyway?) The Reads call themselves ‘ambient-electro-folk-rock’ and that works. Drowned evokes big landscapes, as do many of their tracks. Lost At Sea from the current album and Galaxy Egg from the earlier one made an outing that night and they’re both huge, physical things too.
And slowly but surely the people who forgot to turn out early for the support start to filter in too.

Image courtesy of Paul Cozens
Image courtesy of Paul Cozens

Even from a standing start this music is infectious. The tracks of theirs that invoke the indoors and the intimate, Counting Your Greys and the thoroughly iridescent Scarlet, remind me that these guys resist any comparative reviewing. There’s a folk influence, but in the sense of a tune finding its beginning and growing outwards from there and prog rock’s big ideas and scale have a hat tipped to them. Instrumental lines stand apart, the one from the next, and there’s loads of space within the sound. Clare Goddard’s lyrics are poignant and direct, abstract in their images often but always emotionally striking.

They closed with Shifting Sands and I’ll offer up their lyrics;

‘Make no plans
because it’s out of your hands,’

And indeed it is. In a local scene that shines ever brighter The Reads are ambassadors to watch out for. The only criticism of the night would be that their set was way too short. Get out and listen to these guys, whenever you can. And I’ll make a bet that these are plans that you will have every pleasure in repeating…

Find The Reads here: -http://thereads.tumblr.com/

and on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/The.Reads.Music and for completeness on twitter https://twitter.com/the_reads

Satsuma Pop-up Bistro – a new dining experience in Chester

Satsuma Pop-up Bistro is a new venture set up by local friends Cath Bryan and Clare McCormack.  I first heard about it on Facebook and the unique character of a fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant, at a secret location sounded exciting.  The fact the Bistro ‘pops up’ in a residential address made it sound like a warm and friendly vibe that you just can’t get in a high street restaurant.

Satsuma pop upHaving watched their previous event fill-up fast I was quick to try to book some places when I saw new dates released.  So me and three non-vegetarian friends booked our places. I was surprised how little my mates needed convincing to go for a 3 course vegetarian meal, a testament to how enticing the whole Satsuma experience sounded.  As Clare and Cath say “Our dishes will satisfy the strictest of vegan to the most sceptical omnivore…”

Before the night we were sent menu options for each course.  All of them hearty, seasonal and interesting.  It was so lovely to have the freedom to eat any dish, and to know that I could try the options my partner had picked too, as he’s a meat eater I don’t usually get to do that – not necessarily something Dave would want to encourage though! I opted for a starter of – Grundi (Italian style cheesy walnut bites in a tomato and thyme sauce.) which I’d not heard of before so wanted to try them out.  I opted for roasted red pepper and squash risotto for main, and Firecracker chocolate brownie served with vegan coconut ice cream for dessert.  Yum-o.

On the night, with the address we’d been sent in one hand and our bring-your-own-wine bottle in the other, we arrived at the address in the Garden Lane area of the city.  A little extra sizzle of excitement in the air of going somewhere new and not fully knowing what to expect.

Following a warm and smiley welcome from our hosts we were seated on our group table. The atmosphere was social and relaxed.  A cross between going to a restaurant and going to a dinner party where you only know a couple of people.

After everyone had settled in the food began to arrive, each dish perhaps even tastier than I had imagined and the portions were really generous.  My friends, who’d all opted for a main course of rich and tasty Mushroom and ale pie were equally chuffed with their food and didn’t miss the meat. Perfect food for a cold autumnal evening. All rounded off with a mug of coffee and a handmade chocolate, over conversation with the friends we arrived with and the friends we made while we were there.

Satsuma offers something unique in both its food and atmosphere. Beyond vegan and vegetarian they also offer gluten-free dishes and will adapt dishes for other dietary requirements on request. Even nowadays it can be hard to get menus so tailored and I know friends on restricted diets who have had bad experiences trying to avoid certain foods. As Cath says herself “As a vegan I can find it extremely hard to eat out. I am passionate about good food, the combinations of textures and flavours and I generally find the vegan food I am presented with to be uninspired, under seasoned, over priced and generally a disappointment knowing I could do better myself. I can also get quite paranoid regarding contamination from meat and dairy….it does happen occasionally and it is never a pleasant experience. Us vegans can be anxious diners.” It’s great to know that dietary requirements are not only taken seriously there but the Satsuma team are creative enough to make you not feel like you’re missing out either.

More nights are planned in the coming months following their ethos of “inspired and lovingly prepared food for EVERYONE”. With a style that is “home cooked, rustic authentic food. Earthy, wholesome and always packed with a flavour punch to your taste buds.”  The next event, is already fully booked but to hear about their forthcoming events as they announce them just email satsumaents@gmail.com to be added to their mailing list.

Satsuma Pop-up Bistro can be found on Facebook page www.facebook.com/satsumachester

Their 3 course Bistro dining experience is £20 per person and every guest can bring their own drinks with them to enjoy with their meal, with no charge for corkage.  Booking is now secured with a £10 deposit for each place and the balance payable on the night.

Enjoy!

 

 

Silent Night- Theatre in the Quarter

 

 

Silent Night

  presented by Theatre in the Quarter

 review submitted by Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather

Stille NachtHeilige Nacht” when the choir intoned the lines of the title song in German it brought me, as a native German speaker, to the brink of tears.

It was the culmination of a truly inspired and delightful show, that combined classy acting, understated, yet inventive props, clever stage management, and harmonious tunes.

The play opens with two shots being fired as we follow the Cheshire regiment on its way to France, Belgium and to the German border. All the while glimpsing  into the lives of family left behind. 

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The cast, Aled Bidder, Hannah Good, Rhys Isaac-Jones and Tom Lincoln swap into different characters seamlessly and with ease and they bring the stage alive with minimalist props. A pair of sticks is transformed into a gun, then a bedframe and  a log fire. 

Judith Croft has created a brilliant background set: a transparent background onto which different scenes and landscapes were projected, but which also allowed for the actors to stand behind and be seen through a veil, speaking from the behind so to say. (see picture). 

The contrast between the very low tech props, the professional lighting and background setting is very striking and works well.

The music, by Matt Baker,  was weaved nicely into the play. The songs were worked into the play harmoniously, with some very witty lyrics.

There was no “big drama” no heroes, no villains, just the everyday real drama of a world at war, which somehow brought the grim reality much closer to home.

Set in the beautiful St Mary’s Centre and in remembrance of The Great War- Theatre in the Quarter- have once again outdone themselves!

The musical is touring all through Cheshire until December 6th- so catch it while you can! see http://www.theatreinthequarter.co.uk

Written by Helen Newall with original music by Matt Baker. 

Directed by Emma Lucia and designed by Judith Croft.

 Photos by:  Andrew Billington.

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