Month: March 2017

Oliver! by Sprowston High School – A Norwich Eye review

Aaron Ford as Oliver and Marcelina Grenda as Mrs Bedwin in Oliver! – all photos © Mark Cotter   ‘Consider yourself – one of the family’ We all know the tunes from Lionel Bart’s hit musical Oliver! It has been a much-loved and popular show since it was premiered in 1960 and many of the characters and songs have become icons of British culture. Director Anna Lawrence chose this classic musical to give an opportunity for younger age groups to experience the complexities of staging musical theatre and the younger performers joined their older school colleagues in rising magnificently...

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MAMMA MIA! A Norwich Eye review

The rebel in me was rising up. All a bit corporate, big business, massive machine and all that. Look at it! Played everywhere in a Zillion countries! Always on in at least seven cities around the world! Cannot fail! So I sit down, ready to be quite picky and grumpy. There must be something wrong with this show, something I can hang a bit of resentment on. The orchestra starts. About two chords in, I am back in the land of guilty pleasures. This is Abba music, live. Close your eyes and listen and remember what consummate composers they...

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Who IS the daddy? – MAMMA MIA! comes to Norwich

The Dynamos stop the traffic outside Norwich Theatre Royal today – © The Eye Snapper   There are few of us who will not admit that we always enjoyed the music of Abba, even if we were shy to say so once! Take a fistful of their hits and add a delightful stage show with strong leading female roles and you have a sure recipe for a smash hit show, and MAMMA MIA! the musical was born. It has been playing to sell-out audiences around the world since its 1999 debut in London’s West End, with successful runs in cities...

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