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BIG FISH : A MUST SEE @ THE HAYES

 

Once upon a time there was a small intimate theatre that decided to put on a musical called BIG FISH and the show became a smash hit and just grew and grew…This captivating musical has a heart bigger than the Nullarbor Plains.

The show is presented as a ‘chamber opera’ in what the producers have called the ‘twelve chairs’ version. Under Tyran Parke’s refined, accomplished direction, and thrillingly staged, the brilliant cast bring this story to magnificent life.

The small orchestra as led by Luke Byrne are invisible behind the scenery – we never see them but they are terrific. The set – young Will’s bedroom with seashell ruffles at the back for the mermaid – allows for fluid scene and locale changes including the moving  in and out of beds and tables etc. Continue reading BIG FISH : A MUST SEE @ THE HAYES

HIGH SOCIETY @ THE HAYES THEATRE

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Product placement is elevated to lyric replacement in a case of not who pays the piper but the Piper pays the production in Helen Dallimore’s elegant, swellegant staging of HIGH SOCIETY at the Hayes Theatre.

Piper Heidsieck champagne is the choice of the Lord household and the bottles are not only wrung out but sung about in a show that’s as bubbly as the beverage.

The play, of course, is based on the 1956 movie, HIGH SOCIETY, itself based on a play called The Philadelphia Story, which was a starring vehicle for Katherine Hepburn. Continue reading HIGH SOCIETY @ THE HAYES THEATRE

Beyond Desire @ The Hayes

Nancye Hayes and Chloe Dallimore in Beyond Desire
Nancye Hayes and Chloe Dallimore in Beyond Desire. Pic by Oliver Toth

The program for BEYOND DESIRE at the Hayes Theatre is styled as an Edwardian newspaper and what I have to report about the show is both good and bad. Firstly the bad news: I really did not take to this show … for me it was ‘Beyond Dire’. The good news: it’s highly possible that I am wrong. And why is this good news? Because I love the Hayes Theatre. They give new musicals a go, they encourage talent, and they never short-change their loyal audiences. They have longevity and resilience and I have seen some great stuff there this year. Plus … the wonderful Nancye Hayes is on the boards again.

BEYOND DESIRE is the name of booklet of poems written by the dead patriarch of the Pemberton family (Phillip Lowe), father to Anthony (Blake Bowden) and husband to Louise (Chloe Dallimore). Reporting of his demise is the headline story of the broadsheet program. “Man found Dead in London Hotel.” His sudden popping off is ruled a suicide but Anthony and his Oxford roommate, James (Ross Hannaford) believe that there is dirty work afoot.

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