My giggles started within minutes of this talented, all-female, cast hitting the Hull Truck Theatre stage, on Thursday night, when Whisky Galore came to town.
The moment Christine Mackie, as Donald MacKechnie, opened her (his?) mouth, I was a goner. And I, along with a packed house, never stopped laughing for the next two hours.
Since the show's initial conception in 2003 it has had many variations, the present show has the added appeal of Ella Fitzgerald joining the testosterone fuelled boys of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr on stage. With a simplistic and effective set with 10 musicians on a platform, and the Musical Director /pianist on the main stage we are transported back to an evening at The Sands hotel, Las Vegas as Frank Sinatra played by Stephen Triffitt takes to the stage.
Here’s a question for any parent reading this – when you had your children were you asked 462 questions testing anything from what meals can you cook or whether you can change a fuse?
Well, if you happen to a prospective parent with a learning disability you might be asked to answer those questions and your responses could determine whether you get to keep your child.
The songs of identical twins from Leith might not seem the ideal source material for a jukebox musical but this joyous production uses The Proclaimers’ music to explore the idea of what is home in a world where walls of all kinds are going up.
It was a big night in Hull on Monday when Hairspray hit the New Theatre stage – make that Big with a capital B.
Big hair, Big voice, Big heart, Big body and Big talent – and that was just one member of this energetic cast, young Baltimore schoolgirl, Tracy Turnblad.
With the Windrush Generation scandal raging around us this is a timely examination of what borders actually mean in a liberal society and what it costs the people who try to migrate across them.
Sometimes taking a play into the community can fall flat in its backside drowning in a sea of worthiness, but when you put the story of Brian Clough’s ill-fated spell at Elland Road into a Leeds working men’s club you are inevitably going to get a very different energy to a conventional theatre.
I don’t know if it was Bottom or Titania who threw the bread roll that landed in my lap on Tuesday night, when A Midsummer Night’s Dream took over (make that demolished) the stage at Hull Truck Theatre.
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