Wicked Old Sod – The Resurrection

Given the title of this performance I was expecting humour, a great character and possibly a little bit of singing, and Wicked Old Sod did not disappoint. I got everything I was expecting and wanted from the show, with a lot more besides.

Michelle Ridings starts off the performance by showing off her fabulous singing voice, and then gets straight into the narrative, talking about themes that range across all aspects of society. But there is more to Wicked Old Sod than just a monologue: there is audience participation – both with the performer and with other members of the audience; there’s a chance to grow and brew up some hones-tea; there’s humour sprinkled throughout, but there’s also some emotional moments in the second half.

So if you have a chance to, go watch ‘Wicked Old Sod Resurrection’ at St Anne’s, and find out for yourself just how good it is.

‘Sunked’ Review

‘Sunked’ is the poetry filled story of one man’s attempt to do on his own what everyone else says is impossible: raise the titanic from the depths. But as well as the ocean’s depths, Chris will also have to fight against a sinister conspiracy that is hell bent on keeping the titanic right where it is.

This performance is so good! It features some of the best poetry of this year’s fest, a creative and interesting premise and possibly the best ominous music of any show so far. The chemistry between the two performers was also worthy of a gold star, Chris and Hal both very funny from start to finish.

The last song especially was a wonderful choice and possibly my favourite of the show, made all the better because it incorporated audience participation to make sure that Sunked ended on a good note. I cannot recommend this show enough.

‘For Conscience Sake’ Review

‘For Conscience Sake’ is a one man show from Plain Quakers Theatre, dedicated to the conscientious objectors in WW1. It looks at both sides of the argument through the eyes of Albert, a man who discovers something that changes his perceptions, hidden away in some old war letters.

One of the reasons why this show is so captivating is the characters feel real and genuine, which in turn makes their dialogue and emotional growth a lot more powerful. The revelations and adjustments in the latter half drew me in and kept my attention because it was so easy to engage with Morris and believe what I was hearing.

The sparing use of props and accents was also expertly done, small things that aren’t always noticeable but at the same time add little details that really flesh out the performance and make it a more complete and enjoyable experience.

To sum up, this show was amazing.

‘The Elevator’ Review

What happens when 4 strangers and a ‘willing’ volunteer get trapped in an elevator?

Using only physical theatre and a few props, Pick Pocket Productions create a 15 minute scene of hilarity and confusion as they compete for space in a comically crowded elevator.

Be warned – you may be plucked out of the audience at any moment! I was picked to participate in the show, and while I was reluctant at first, it was actually great to be a part of the piece and experience the street interaction first hand; something particularly special to TheatreFest 2017.

Another brilliant aspect of TheatreFest is that is allows anyone no matter their age to be involved, and I’m glad it does. It never fails to amaze me what talent you can find when you give people the opportunity to express themselves.

Quirky and well staged, very well done to such a young cast. Recommend.

‘Collective Evolution’ Review

Beautifully written and performed. A heartfelt and passionate depiction of feelings towards our past, present and future, commenting on the state of the world. Reading out from books standing atop of the fountain, it’s hard not to picture the performers as preachers – their answer to societies problems not religion; but a message about kindness and human compassion. Perhaps slightly unrehearsed, but altogether a deep and thought provoking performance from Love Of The Game Productions. If you’re passing by, stay a while.

‘Dollface’ Review

‘Dollface’ is an i.e. production that follows the story of Marion, an artist struggling to move on, whilst battling against his emotions, regrets and the expectations of the other characters. In fact every character of the performance has his or her burdens to live with, each one adding to the Sisyphean theme that underlies the performance.
The small talk given on the walk up to the performance area was a nice addition, as it distracted from the hike up the hill. However the speaker was a bit on the quiet side, and given that the talk was about the performance and let the audience in on some details that they might not have been aware of otherwise, it would have been better if they had spoken a little louder.

That solitary nitpick aside, Dollface is a very good and emotive production that uses music, props and puppets masterfully, improving more and more with every performance. So don’t let the opportunity to sample this truly unique piece of theatre pass you by.