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Jolyon's Theatrical Reviews!

Sister Act – Exeter Musical Society

  Posted by Amdram, 06 April 2015 · 309 views

There aren’t many shows that can get a matinee on their feet. The only times I’ve seen it locally have been with ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Sister Act‘. The Exeter Musical Society production of the show kept that up, proving there’s … Continue reading →


John Challis in Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

  Posted by Amdram, 18 January 2015 · 220 views

My first Theatrical Who Spot of 2015 is John Challis, who has been appearing as Fleshcreep in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth this Christmas and New Year. To many he will always be Boycie from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, but to the world of Doctor Who fans he is better known … Continue reading J...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Fourth Matinee

  Posted by Amdram, 28 December 2014 · 219 views

1) The relocation of the joke about the pearl necklace. 2) Not falling over the piece of scenery in the wings for the first time since opening night. 3) Hitting Nick Heath with the fly swat. 4) Standing with the chorus in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ – but was I there before the curtain closed? … Continue reading Paignton Pantomi...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Third Matinee

  Posted by Amdram, 27 December 2014 · 214 views

1) The arrival of the noodle hat*. 2) The techies complaining that they never feature in the post-show highlights, despite clearly having been referenced in some form every time. 3) The “Empress is a turd” joke finally getting a laugh. 4) Jabbing Breagha in the scalp with sunglasses at the end of ‘Shine’. 5) The … C...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Second Matinee

  Posted by Amdram, 26 December 2014 · 211 views

1) A fine motivational speech from the master of encouragement, Mr Iain Douglas, delivered during the warm up. 2) Coming face to face with an over-enthusiastic smoke machine. 3) Catching Wong’s hat during “Life is a Happy Song” and popping it back on his head. 4) Miming a song from Frozen across the wings with … Continue...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Second Evening Show

  Posted by Amdram, 23 December 2014 · 150 views

1) Collecting my microphone to find the Bobble Fairy had visited and made sure I would sound lovely all night. 2) Staring at Johnny Johnny John John John during the Kow-Towing scene.   3) “Lice and flies?” “Lice and flies.” “Rice and fries.” We pick it up and we run with it. 4) Discovering I … Conti...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The First Evening Show

  Posted by Amdram, 22 December 2014 · 100 views

1) Having to swallow a mouth of saliva whilst holding a freeze with Robert Fitzgerald. I think we were closer to sniggering. 2) Wearing the best fitting trousers in the history of trouser suits thanks to the wonderful Georgena Pole, allowing me the full use of two hands on stage! 3) Watching Colin and Rae … Continue reading Paignton Pantom...

Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin – The First Matinee

  Posted by Amdram, 21 December 2014 · 84 views

It’s my second year as Dame for Paignton Pantomime Productions, and this year I have cheerfully played Widow Twankey. As ever, the beautiful photographs that accompany these posts are taken by Brian Tilley. Here is a blow by blow account of my personal panto highlights: 1) New shoes all gold and sparkly thanks to Elaine … Continue re...

The Man Jesus – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

  Posted by Amdram, 19 October 2014 · 347 views

When I booked my seat for ‘The Man Jesus’, I can’t claim to have been feeling particularly Jesussy. To be honest, I haven’t been very Jesussy for a number of years. Having said that, I did have a scamper through Colm Tóibín’s ‘The Testament of Mary‘ at the start of the year. In a sense, […]


Neighbourhood Watch – TOADS Theatre Company

  Posted by Amdram, 15 October 2014 · 292 views

The Little Theatre, Torquay,  maintains the tradition of having the most impressive sets locally for this week’s Alan Ayckbourn comedy ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. Designed by the production’s director, John Miles, the living room of brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie is on a lovely angle that more than hints at a world...