Thursday, November 27, 2014

Oh What a Lovely War -Review- Ponteland Repertory Society

Oh What a Lovely War- Ponteland Repertory Society - Ponteland Memorial Hall 

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Based on the 1969 film of the same name the stage show was first performed by Joan Littlewood and her actors and dancers in 1964, five years before the film.

The Ponteland Repertory Society have taken a huge risk doing this show at this time given that it is the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One and have dedicated the show to the men whose names appear on the Ponteland War Memorial

The showdidn't start the way I thought it would I could hear voices behind me and low and behold the cast came from the back of the room interacting with the audience which was a good change.
Having a small cast of only 19 people, many of the characters played various roles.
There are many great songs from the war era including Long way to Tipperary, Hitchy Koo which was sung by the brilliant Lucy Walton and of course Oh What a Lovely War

There were comical as well as poignant  moments in the play with slides of pictures to give the play a great sense of realism.
Heather Thompson gave a great performance as Miss Pankhurst and there were also great performances from Jonny Woollett  and the master of ceremonies Jonathan Cash.

A great solo by Ted Henderson was also included...but I have to give credit to one person in particular-Barbara Clayton who's scenery was amazing.
The small cast and crew did an amazing job on this fantastic show and 100 years since the first world war started it brought back to me the reality of it all..
In the First World War there were over 12 million people who lost their lives.

Directed by Carole Davies with Musical Director Stephen Stokoe who also appears in the show.

So as the programme states ....... WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!

The show plays until Saturday 29th November.

By Reuben Hiles

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