In this perennial favourite story of nun meets damaged toff only to charm him and his family of budding folk singers whilst thwarting evil Nazis after the Anschluss, we have some of the most memorable songs to have gone into the collective consciousness as part of a common culture. . . . The Sound of Music is the show that keeps on giving and with such an accomplished cast what’s not to like?
” . . . When I first saw this show a couple of years ago, in a tent behind Bristol’s Temple Meads station my impression was of unfulfilled potential. The skills of the members of Invisible Circus seemed to open up possibilities not available to conventionally trained actors . . . With the current production we are in the realm of fantasy to which the company is well suited and whilst they delight to entertain, grand success can only be a matter of time.”
“The mythic character Penelope has come down to us as a byword for chastity and faithfulness in marriage having managed to put off by various stratagems the hundred odd suitors who pitched up on Ithaca, Odysseus having told her to remarry if he had not returned by the time Telemachus had grown a beard . . . The result is everything you could want from a one woman, one act play, which entertains as much as it provokes thought. By any measure that is a result to be proud of.”
” . . . Risking excommunication, and taking audience participation into hitherto unexplored territory, Amy Mason has created a totally non-churchy ceremony for our times, modelled closely in structure on the Catholic Mass. A recent survey suggests that less than 40% of us are religious, a statistic supported at the start of the evening by the few hands raised in response to the question, ‘Do you believe in God?’ Has this absence of faith created a vacuum and, if so, what might be filling it? . . . “
“The Tobacco Tea Theatre Company is back in the Alma with a play written and directed by Christopher Cutting. Vitomori takes a wry look at our narcissistic, selfie-obsessed age through the eyes of a 1000-year-old vampire. This satire on social media certainly has bite, mounting a forceful attack on those whose self-esteem depends entirely upon the number of ‘likes’ they score, and I particularly liked the line: ‘PR – the modern form of friendship’. . . this play certainly responds to our growing obsession in an often clever way. . . ”
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with Dance ‘Til Dawn! After wowing audiences across the country with Midnight Tango, the dazzling duo return in a sensational dance show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1940s LA, a romance unfolds between a beautiful starlet and her handsome lover. Dance ‘Til Dawn will transport you to a time of elegance with stunning sets, a live band, world class dancers and Vincent and Flavia themselves with their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography.
“If there’s one thing the Silly Boys (Seamas Carey and Callum Mitchell) are not short of it is courage. Another thing is abundant energy. Another thing is not taking themselves seriously. . . There is plenty of ‘Young Ones’ style anarchy and slapstick violence in this road trip story. That’s a seam of comedy which threads its way through the generations and still manages to look fresh whenever it raises its tousled head. . . “
“Whiskey Charlie is the debut work of playwright Chris White. If this piece is anything to go by we should be on the lookout for more from this emerging talent. With director Jess Clough-MacRae, the pair forms HippoCrypt Theatre Co. . . The cosy basement of vegan restaurant Café Kino on the buzzy strip that is Stokes Croft in Bristol is a perfect place to test run new works, the space comparing very favourably with Bristol’s other two small theatres, the Alma and the Wardrobe . . .”