3:01pm Monday 20th May 2013
The Horne Section (a 6 piece band with their frontman - standup comedian Alex Horne) brought their very own special mix of music and comedy to Cardiff on Friday evening. Improvisation was at the heart of their performance (one suspected that the band were in the dark as to what direction the show would go at any one time) and this was both the strength and weakness of the evening.
2:59pm Monday 20th May 2013
There can be few composers whose music is as fitting for a sunny spring afternoon concert set deep in the Monmouthshire countryside as Gerald Finzi. His Eclogue for piano and string orchestra is suffused by the serenity and pastoral warmth so typical of the composer. It was a perfect piece of programming.
3:28pm Friday 17th May 2013
Christchurch Music Society’s latest production, Godspell proved a hit with both younger and older members of an eager audience at Christchurch hall. Energetic, powerful and as fresh today as when first staged back in the early seventies, the messages contained in the Gospel of St Matthew, upon which this musical is based, have clearly not lost any relevance.
3:27pm Friday 17th May 2013
It is 1936 and an eclectic selection of characters gathers at the country house of the widow Mildred Bagshot (excellently played by Eileen Symonds) for the weekend. Alas Mildred is the first to meet her end on the murderous weekend and the spoof whodunnit is set in motion.
3:45pm Tuesday 14th May 2013
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3:39pm Tuesday 14th May 2013
No big hair and flares this time around, as The Real Thing turned the clock back almost (ahem!) 40 years, to the school disco hand stamps of our youth. Monmouth's Savoy Theatre lent itself well to this touch of nostalgia, and it took only minutes for the capacity audience to get on their feet and join in with these Liverpudlian soul legends.
3:38pm Tuesday 14th May 2013
Today’s comedians are often regarded as having the same status pop stars did back in the 70s. So how brilliant that Madness front man Suggs has tipped the theory on its head by delivering a part comedy, part tragedy, but completely vaudeville stylised show which came to Newport Riverfront on Friday evening.
2:55pm Thursday 9th May 2013
Musicals that are constructed around a collection of songs by a particular artist or group (such as the recent Spice Girls musical ‘Viva Forever’) have recently been much criticised by no less an authority than Andrew Lloyd Webber who referred to them as ‘jukebox musicals’. This musical clearly falls into this category with its flimsy storyline (the only cutting edge being some brief comment on attitudes to race in the early ‘60s) and the way in which every piece of dialogue does little more than line up the next song. Having said this it is difficult to be too critical of a show as unpretentious and so full of that most overused cliché, ‘the feelgood factor’.