Sounds Musical Theatre Company, 12th November Woolwell Centre, 13th November Elburton, 14th November Plymstock School
Tonight I attended the theatre as granddaughter Amy rather than Amy on Am-Dram to watch a concert dedicated to my Grandad, Edward Gigg and to Pat White. As such, I will not be writing my usual review but will instead be sharing my experience of heading back to the theatre after the COVID-19 lockdown.
The last performance I attended was also by Sounds Musical Theatre Company. Not long after their performances of The Wind In The Willows, theatres across the country brought down the curtain and spent a long time waiting to be able to raise it again.
I am sure I am not alone in saying that I was apprehensive and a little nervous to return to the theatre after being conditioned into staying outdoors as much as possible when meeting people, keeping my distance, and wearing a mask. However, as soon as I reached the hall for tonight’s performance of All Together Now, my worries were dispelled. I found myself relaxing and enjoying a night at the theatre.
All Together Now is a global event to help theatre companies welcome back their audiences after the pandemic. This theatrical revue is taking place on the same dates with the same 15 songs across the world, in a celebration of theatre.
Since the pandemic, each song seems to have even more significance and meaning. The first few notes reached my ears, after not having been to any live events in nearly two years, and I fell under the theatre spell once more; from the opening song ‘Pure Imagination’ to the fun upbeat tune ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ from Hairspray. As all the theatre companies in Plymouth have proven throughout the pandemic, you really can’t stop the beat! From kitchen concerts and back-garden dance recitals, we have all found ways to keep the magic of theatre alive but there is nothing like taking your seat and sitting back to enjoy a night of live entertainment.
I look forward to returning to a more regular schedule in 2022!