Thursday, October 12, 2017
Geordie the Musical -Review- Tyne Theatre
Geordie The Musical
Wednesday 11th of October 2017
Tyne and Opera Theatre.
Written by Tom Kelly
From a story by Andy Bogle
Directed by Jamie Brown
Musical Direction by Mike Turnbull
Geordie The Musical takes us back in time to 1890 at The Wheatsheaf Pub, a place where a good pint and a sing song are guaranteed on the banks of the River Tyne.
James Melia is the landlord of the pub and is played by Dale Meeks. He has just recovered from a nasty injury that he received after a pit accident which made him unable to go back to his job. His wife, Bella Melia is the real boss of the family and is played by Viktoria Kay, she is feisty and doesn’t take any prisoners but is well liked. Their daughter is played by Eleanor Chaganis who is extremely bright and is hopefully off to Durham University.
The pub has its regulars including Michael Cumisky who is played by Luke Maddison, he is a good old Irish boy who has come to the North East to look for work and finds it. Another is Robert, played by Cullercoats’ very own Phil Corbett. Micky Cochrane plays iconic Geordie songwriter Tommy Armstrong and Donald Mcbride plays Oliver Heslop, another North East legend. Adam Donaldson plays John Thompson, an Oxford University student that comes to Newcastle to further his studies.
Amongst all the humour the tone is brought down by Joshua Adams. He is played by James Hedley who always seems to be a bad person in anything I see him in!
The pub is where most of the action takes place, and a community is built within this pub, which I do think is lacking in everyday life these days. Something which I think needs to change. Using the talents of both Tommy Armstrong and Oliver Heslop to convey what it was like back in the 1890s, it deals with issues such as job satisfaction, death, gender equality and class inequality... problems which are still ongoing today.