Whitley Bay Playhouse.
2 Nov 2010.
One of my all time favourite films is the 1976 production of Bugsy Malone, so I jumped at the chance of reviewing this amateur stageplay at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.
Gun totting crime is prevalent in today’s society and not a subject that should be glorified, but a lot of fun can be got out of it. Kids with splurge guns that substitute bullets for cream and custard pies in the faces for good measure is the entertainment on offer.
Bugsy Malone is an up and coming gangster stuck in the war between his boss Fat Sam and rival Dandy Dan. When Bugsy meets wannabe film actress Blousey Brown at Sam’s bar they are both smitten, but a raid by Sam’s conflicting enemy means war and a messy one at that. Dandy Dan is using the newly invented splurge gun to ‘kill’ off his foes and he desperately wants to over take Sam’s empire, but that would mean Bugsy being out of a job, or at worst splurged.
Will Bugsy get his dream girl? Will the splurging mean the end to all empires? Will the front row of the audience come out of this clean?
Bugsy played by Cameron Swan was the star of the show and really acted his socks off, his four years at stage school has really paid off. The entire cast of under 16’s really performed well. The glittering finale is well worth the entrance fee alone.
The multi roomed layout of the stage was well designed and looked really professional.
The cast though were however let down by some shoddy production. Mic levels were not universal, at stages I was straining to hear what was going on with some of the characters. Some bad pregnant pauses also hampered the flow of the play. This I am sure isn’t Day8 at their best, maybe the first night nerves were set aside for the production team.
I think I will settle down tonight with Jodie Foster and relive how the professionals have done it.