Touchwood Theatre Company
Reviews,  Touchwood

Touchwood Royal Variety Show

Touchwood, Devonport Playhouse, 9th – 11th June 2016

The audience enjoyed a patriotic evening at Touchwoods Royal Variety Show, celebrating the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Union Jack flags were for sale, to wave during the performance, which was a nice continuation of the theme. The show opened with an old tradition, we all stood as the National Anthem was played. This was a fantastic idea as it got the audience in the patriotic mood and harked back to the days when playing the National Anthem at a theatre performance was the norm.

Much loved Director, David Bailey sang ‘Get me to the church on time’ with gusto. It was impossible not to smile during his performance and when he asked the audience to join in we readily obliged.

The first full cast number in the show, ‘Bon Voyage’ was well received. The performance was bright and cheery. The children knew all their words, dances and stage directions. They matched the adult performers for stage presence and professionalism.

The Sound of Music section stood out as a slick and well characterised performance. Maria sang flawlessly and interacted with the children well.

The dance numbers throughout the show were excellent particularly the tap. In ‘Friendship’ we saw a brilliant double act, in which the dance and performance was both funny and imaginative.

Unfortunately at times the sound quality could have been better. This can be achieved through either learning how to project without the use of a microphone or being properly trained to sing with a microphone.

The music worked well thanks to musical arranger, Ryan Procter. The show flowed excellently because there were often musical interludes between numbers.

Overall a great collection of songs, performed by an enthusiastic cast. What a lovely way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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