Reviews

Trowbridge Chorus, Christmas concert, St James Church

IT’s that time of year when audience participation is as much part of the entertainment as the mincing Dame and the thigh-slapping principal boy – and it doesn’t just have to be in pantomime. Audiences love singing carols and at Trowbridge Chorus’s joyous Christmas concert, they were also invited to join in the Twelve Days…

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Ridgeway Singers and Band, Durweston

FOLK music is, by its very nature, an oral tradition, often linked to storytelling, as with the great ballads of the northern Borders. They would be handed down by singers and within families, and because repetition is a great aid to memory, they often contain repeated lines, couplets or choruses. And then there are the…

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Cinderella at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre

IN the six years since Paul Hendy and Emily Wood took over the creaky, clunky Octagon panto-mimes, they have transformed the Yeovil Christmas show into something that any professional theatre in the country could be proud of. And this year’s Cinderella, on until 7th January, is a fantastic show from beginning to end, with not…

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Hansel and Gretel, Merlin Theatre Frome

FROME’s Merlin company has built up an eager audience for its multi-media Christmas shows, and they have reached new heights this year with Claudia Pepler’s adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. With an enviable number of young men and women with good singing voices, a powerfully relevant story and some anthems that deserve to have a…

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Salisbury Playhouse

IF you are holding out for a hero,  you need go no further than Salisbury. The Playhouse’s Jack is everything you could want – handsome, brave and he sings like an angel (not surprising when you read that actor Sam Harrison is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music). Mind you, he doesn’t impress…

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Delights of A Wessex Scene

THE December exhibition at the new Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire, the contemporary art centre at the Tisbury tithe barn, is A Wessex Scene, a glorious celebration of the landscape and life in Wessex in paintings, drawings and prints, on view until 31st December. The exhibition is an exploration of both the reality and the…

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Snow Globe, Kid Carpet at the Lantern, Bristol Colston Hall

JUDGING from the response from the excited children half-sitting on cushions around the “stage” in the Lantern, Kid Carpet’s Snow Globe is a great success. With the audience on three sides, father and children’s entertainer Kit calls in all his musical and electronic gizmo talents to tell the story. Gary Barlow has hired Kit the…

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