Posts Tagged ‘Les Miserables’

Review of The King’s School’s production of ‘Les Misérables’ in the Hayward Theatre on Thursday 8th December 2016

December 11, 2016

The King’s School’s production of ‘Les Misérables’ in the Hayward Theatre on Thursday was phenomenal. The young cast acted and sang with skill, the turmoil of their characters readily identifiable and the themes of injustice, tragedy, revenge, forgiveness and redemption evolved most effectively with the students’ strong well-focused voices and excellent diction and their highly believable acting.

Directed by Nick Huntingdon with music provided by Jonathan King and his team, this show held the packed audience spellbound as the dramatic and emotional events developed. We were immediately caught up in the anguish of escaped convict Jean Valjean (played by Oliver Wilkinson) who constantly sought justice and care for beautiful Cosette (Indea Cranner) while on the run from an unjust law and heartless Javert (played by Sebastian Carberry). Thénardier (Mark Spofforth) and Madame Thénardier (Emmanuelle Yembe) stole the show with when their macabre comic antics were on stage. Other notable characters were the keen lover Marius (Jean-Paul Gilbey), heart-broken Epinone (Eloise George), sadly-fated Fantine (Elizaveta Denisova) heroic Enjolras (Samuel Black) and the calmly-spoken Bishop (Orlando Squires). Orlando’s singing was especially impressive. The actresses playing young Epinone (Emma Farmer) and young Cosette (Tia Glenister) were also impressive performers.

Stage movements were carefully designed and the crowds of bawdy prostitutes, drunk inn-dwellers, women and rebels were highly entertaining enhancing the atmosphere wonderfully.

An inspired revolving staging easily turned into a battlefield, inn or romantic setting for lovers.

This was indeed an impressive production and it was no surprise there was a standing ovation at the end.

For more information about King’s School productions contact clairerobbins@kingsely.org (Cats) and boxoffice@kingsely.org (DNA).

Review: Witchford Voices in St. Andrew’s Church, Witchford on Monday 18th July 2011

July 22, 2011

Enthusiasm, liveliness and rhythmic drive permeated the songs delivered by Witchford Voices in their concert in St. Andrew’s Church, Witchford. Under the directorship of Naomi D’Cunha, a host of popular songs filled the programme. Supported by Dee Ireland’s fascinating Sound and Lighting the show entertained the packed audience with polished precision.

This large choir demonstrated moments of considerable talent. Full rich harmonies, fantastic and vibrant pulsation and amazing clarity of diction in the most rapid of lines were the order of the day. The programme included many popular numbers: Billionaire, Don’t Stop Believing, Fix You, Just the way you are, Hallelujah, Lean on me, and Run. Other cultures were delightfully represented most noticeably in Baba Yetu and Africa with Kyrie Eleison providing variety in the list. The carefully orchestrated commentary on the songs by different members of the choir certainly added to the overall impression that this choir knew how to organize themselves and the input of Keith Gallois, Helen Williamson, and Joe Robbins undoubtedly contributed to this effect.

This choir has come on since it was first inaugurated and the medlies from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Les Miserables were a step in the right direction. How such a packed choir managed to suddenly produce costumes and props for Les Miserables was amazing and the effect delightful.

There were a number of notable highlights: The opening sound effects. the rhythmic momentum and the meaningful backing of Africa, the highly amusing characterization of the Billionaire, the clearly marked variety of styles in songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and some gorgeous soft moments that were beautifully shaped in Hallelujah and Run.

This choir shows great potential and it will be interesting to watch their progress in the future. They have already added Ely Cathedral as a venue and a European Tour to their list of notable achievements.

Future events include:

Sunday 4th December 2011 St Andrew’s Church

Friday 9th December 2011 St. John’s Church, Waterbeach

Monday 12th December 2011 Ely Cathedral

Friday 16th December 2011 Witchford Voices Party

The European Tour:

June 3rd 2012 Markt, Bruges, Belgium

June 4th 2012 Hospital of St. John, Damme, Belgium

June 4th 2012: Kerk St. Paulus, Ghent, Belgium

June 5th 2012: Cité Europe, Calais, France

Contacts:

http://www.witchfordvoices.com

Twitter @witchfordvoices