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THEATRE REVIEW: Under Milk Wood ★★★★

Under Milk Wood
The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Friday 27th June, 2014

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood is a play set in Llaregubb, a fictional town in Wales, over a duration of 24 hours, visiting the lives of the residents who live there. The Clwyd Theatr Cymru have been touring since January 2014 and brought with them a brilliantly told story, with a cast so expertly casted into their various character roles that they play throughout the production.

Dylan Thomas's Poem is told through two voices, these being Teales and Patterson's, whilst the ensemble of actors, performing as various characters, create these scenarios from the poem between. The cast not only act on stage and are present throughout all the whole show, but they also provide sounds for all the actions on stage, and also sing at certain points of the performance, thats accompanied with some wonderful voices from the cast.

The set is one of the most intriguing I have seen in a long while, with a Birdseye view …

MUSICAL REVIEW: The Full Monty ★★★

Full Monty
Everyman Theatre
Wednesday 25th June 2014The Cheltenham Operatic Dramatics Society, CODS for short, returned to Everyman main stage after previously performing Beauty and the Beast last year. Included in the cast were a few people I had recognized and work with, through Avenue Q at the Playhouse Theatre last October.This years production at the everyman was Full Monty, a show that was originally a film set in Sheffield, though this production was set in America. Having not seen the film previously, I was not aware of what the show was about, apart from knowing that the show builds up to the last scene, which involves a group of men stripping down.The show itself flowed nicely, and even though it was just shy of three hours long, I hardly got distracted of thinking of something else, as the show had some good comedic scenes which had me and the whole audience laughingI thought that the acting was fantastic, and they really played of the audience which I liked, and the singin…

THEATRE REVIEW: Black Coffee ★★★

Black Coffee
The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Saturday 14th June 2014

Having seen The Mousetrap, another of Agatha Christie's creations, a few months back, I had good expectations for Black coffee, and it very well surpassed my thoughts. As the show is split into three parts, the first is to set up the scene, characters, and the death of one of the characters, the second is about Poirot questioning the characters of the piece, and the third act is getting to the conclusion of the murderer and thief of the secret formula, which if sold could be worth around £50,000.

The play is set in the library of Abbot's Cleve, in Sir Claud Amory's house, who in the first act dies from the secret formula being placed in his coffee, and so it becomes Poirots case to find out who was the one who murdered Sir Claud.

The acting is fantastic and the pace is brilliant, along with the stunning set, though I do think they drag out the second act quite a bit, as not much seems to happy, just a lo…

THEATRE REVIEW: Peppa Pig's Big Splash ★★★

Peppa Pig's Big Splash
The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Peppa Pig is famously known as being one of the most successful children's shows out there today, and Limelight have now brought their own production to the stage based on the extremely popular pig, and in this production following Peppa and her friends raise money for her, and her friends, playgroup roof as it has a leak in.We are also introduced to our human friend Daisy, who join Peppa and her friends as a carer for them at the playgroup. The whole energy from the whole cast really shines at, especially after realizing that they are on a 16 month tour of the production, coming to an end next January.The songs in the show are instantly catchy and memorable, with the children in the audience joining in on the fun and dancing in the audience, with even some children crying when Daisy, Peppa, and her friends said goodbye at the end of the show.The plot is very simple and fun for children to engage, as Peppa and friends set …