’10 Days That Shook the World’ – refreshing musical adaptation of iconic account of the Russian Revolution

Strong performances and music from a young company to keep an eye on

From the company Thereby Hangs a Tale comes a musical adaptation of John Reed’s 1917 eye-witness account of the Bolshevik Revolution.

As someone with a fairly limited knowledge of the Russian Revolution I wasn’t sure how I was going to find the piece. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t necessarily follow all the ins and outs of the plot, and the intricacies of the politics at play, but it didn’t matter. The journalists Reed and Bryant guide us through the narrative, and the array of characters they come into contact with, and the performance held its own for me even without a vast knowledge on this part of history. Basically, all I’m trying to say is don’t let not knowing much about the revolution stop you from seeing the show!

There were strong performances from all the cast, who were energetic and well fused together as an ensemble. Most of the musical numbers, if not underscoring speech, worked to layer harmonies and different melodic lines together to create a satisfying whole, which was well sustained throughout by the cast. A particularly beautiful moment arose in the snow scene, a beautiful respite, and moment of still, in amongst the rapidly swirling set of scenes, meetings, rallys and conversations that sweep you up for the rest of the play.

It’s refreshing to see a new ensemble musical theatre work from a young company, and these guys are definitely one to catch and keep an eye on what they produce in the future.

By Jess Cox

‘10 Days That Shook the World’ is on at the Golden Lion Tap at 6pm and Saturday at 8.45pm

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