By Alan P Frayn
By Arrangement with Stage Right Creative Ltd
Weds 25th November 2015 to Sun 29th November 2015
Weds - Sat at 7.15pm &
Saturday & SundayMatinee at 2.15pm
The Bradford Playhouse
4-12 Chapel Street,
Bradford BD1 5DL
Box Office 01274 800415
Tickets £12.00 (full) & £10.00 (conc)
Concessions include under 16,over 60, Passport to Leisure holders
Buy 10 get 11th ticket free
Family Ticket £40 (2 adults & 2 children)
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Tickets can also be purchased from members of the cast or on tel 07977011800
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Pantomime performed on stage at The New Bradford Playhouse 21st to 25th January 2015 to 22nd See NODAs review click on Show Info
Also see our reviews of other shows
Sleeping Beauty - Pantomime
at The Bradford Playhouse 25th to 29th November 2015
Sleeping Beauty - Pantomime by Alan P Frayn
by arrangement with Stage Right Creative Ltd
We are looking forward to performing yet another of Alan P Frayns wonderful pantomimes In November
Sleeping Beauty is one of the best loved traditional tales. This show promises to be a fantastic family night out, with hilarious comedy characters and fairy tale magic.
We are very proud to present one of the most spectacular amateur pantomimes in the country. A thrilling combination of comedy, romance and bravery to delight the whole family.
With a live band, amazing effects and dazzling costumes this is one show not to be missed.
REVIEW of OUR HOUSE by Philip Lickley
With summer finally here there’s nothing that says getting into the season than by listening to the music of Madness and thanks to a production of 2002 ‘Our House’ jukebox musical performed by the Bradford Players in the Playhouse I could. This high energy and riotous show put on by the local amateur dramatic group over five performances in June felt like the sun had come out in the auditorium thanks to the energetic dance routines, fun well performed songs and a cast thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The musical, which follows in the footsteps of Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You in setting famous pop tunes by one artist in a storyline setting, tells of Joe Casey who one evening breaks into a property under development with his girlfriend Sarah. He faces two choices: stay and be arrested, or run and keep his nose clean, and from this point on the musical shows how this decision would affect his life telling a criss-crossing switch-over of the two possibilities, held together with musical narration from his dead father who made similarly bad choices in his life.
Though this initial forking plotline is not that obviously signposted – it was only clear to me as I’d read the synopsis in the programme, those with me seemed bewildered until I explained the premise in the interval – the energy of the two plots was well portrayed. Paul Matthews was a very strong lead as Joe Casey, portraying both sides of the character well and keeping the distinction between the two styles, as well as engaging in some very well-choreographed costume changes as he switched quickly between the two timelines, and at one point there was a well-orchestrated and brilliantly set-up switch so it looks like he’s on stage twice.
Elsewhere in the cast Casey’s two best friends Emmo and Lewis, played by Sam Jewitt and Jonnie Taylor, were a riot, particularly Jewitt who had some very good comic timing. Shelley Lofthouse as Sarah was a delight both in acting and in vocals and came into her own in act two, her heart-wrenching versions of ‘NW5’, here in a slower, more operatic style, and ‘It Must Be Love’, proving her to be the centrepiece of the second half. Christopher Stewart as Joe’s dad was a solid and a regular appearance on the stage, his addition to songs warmly received, and Mikey May as hard man Reecey was more subdued than his characters usually are, but this subtlety worked and proved May once more ever the great character actor. Debbie Cross and Emma Shortall were also consistently fun and sparky on stage as Sarah’s friends, alongside Adele Wicks as Joe’s mum giving heart to the piece, and there were great smaller roles for many other cast members who kept the energy up with Ric Neild as the darkly evil Mr Pressman and Carl Murray in a variety of roles.
‘Our House’ was packed with great moments on stage from the offset. The opening number of ‘Our House’ was full of energy, with a very entertaining skipping section; ‘Baggy Trousers’ led by Mikey May with dancing school desks highlighted the effective prop work and routines set throughout the show by Amy Horton-Atkinson; and ‘Driving In My Car’ came complete with car on stage, some great comedy timing, and some backward, but fun, back-projection. There were many major highlights throughout the two hours and it was difficult not to find yourself laughing, smiling and singing along through the production. Naturally it was great to hear all the songs performed and the band were on top form in creating the songs with the mixture of live instrumentation, sound effects, solid vocals from the ensemble and with some great mash-ups of many songs – ‘House of Fun’, ‘Michael Caine’ and others were weaved into the main set-list – all meaning I had no grumbles with the songs delivered, or in the choice of them from the book.
In a nutshell, the Bradford Players delivered the goods with their version of ‘Our House’. Taking what is already a much loved band with a much loved discography, their take on it was full of energy, with high-octane choreography, visual set pieces and prop work and a cast and band that worked together to bring the story and songs to life. If anyone asks me now when summer began in 2015 it was with that Saturday night in the Playhouse.