The City of Plymouth Theatre Company take audiences back to war torn Britain with excellent costumes, sound effects and scenery. William played by Christian Liversey was exactly as Michelle Magorian depicts in the book. This challenging character faces many changes throughout the play especially after the trauma he experiences. Christian did a wonderful job and captured the audiences’ heart. As the relationship between Mr Tom (Tony Blackler) and William develops it becomes very beautiful to watch the transformation in both characters.
William’s best friend Zach played by Isaac Elder was the complete opposite of William. He brought lighter moments to the show particularly when leading the cast in their Musical Revue. Some of the minor characters such as Gladys and the ARP Warden were played brilliantly with very strong characterisation.
The ensemble was very enthusiastic particularly during a scene in the underground during an air raid. Each actor created a character and the cast made the situation hilarious with everyone pushing and shoving for space.
On occasion the sound levels needed adjusting. For example during a scene with the sound of bombing in the background the speech could not be heard. This was also a problem during a scene change.
The company also performed Goodnight Mister Tom at a slightly earlier time on the 9th which children learning about World War Two at local primary schools were invited to attend. This was an excellent idea and I think the children enjoyed it just as much as I did.
The City of Plymouth Theatre Company is celebrating 25 years since buying the Devonport Playhouse. A decision I am sure they will never regret. This was a highly professional performance which encourages everyone to get to the theatre.