Review: Carousel at St Davids Hall

           *Thank you St David's Hall for the tickets all opinions are my own and 100% honest *

The Unknown Theatre Company was formed in February 1997 as a non-profit making association. It was founded by a group of four parents who decided that there weren't enough opportunities for young people to perform in the area.

Last night I attended The Unknown Theatre Company production of 'Carousel'
I have often visited St David's Hall but last night was pleasantly surprised to attend this performance within Lefel 1 Studio . The Studio is spacious yet intimate , with good tiered seating and its own contained bar. The seating is unreserved so you can choose where to sit ,the stage was set with musicians in place , a sparsely decorated stage to the forefront .
The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with mill worker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right.

Richard Rodgers considered Carousel his favourite of all his musicals and wrote ''It affects me deeply every time I see it performed''

I haven't seen Carousel on stage before so this was a new experience for me , one I enjoyed researching and experiencing.I loved that the plot, albeit an abridged version, stayed true to the stage version although I was relieved that this exchange between Julie and her daughter, Louise was omitted:
Louise:“Is it possible, Mother, for someone to hit you—hard like that—real loud and hard—and not hurt you at all?”
Julie:: “It is possible, dear—for someone to hit you—hit you hard—and not hurt at all.”
I had forgotten how dark the actual romance was -Billy's death was another revelation...

All of the cast melded well into their characterisations . The ensemble as a whole , especially in the musical numbers, were fantastic but my favourite has to be Carly Griffin as Nettie Fowler - that girl has a powerful voice especially in 'You'll Never Walk Alone''!
I found Nathan Coles interpretation of Enoch Snow especially amusing along with Zoe Martin as Carrie Pipperidge they made a marvellous team! I loved 'When The Children Are Asleep' ( my Moms favourite btw).

I have to say that the contemporary costumes confused me at times especially the schoolgirl outfits, the feminist t-shirt and the strangely blonde wig worn by one of the actors (distracting at times) also there were times when  the singing was shaky and a little off-key but then that's just my opinion.

Now the kicker.....I cried. Yep, I did and I sit here now, tears welling in my eyes ...

Thank you The Unknown Theatre Company and Thank You Rodgers and Hammerstein

Carousel finishes tonight.....Book Here


Popular posts from this blog

IngenuiTea Infuser and Tea by Adagio- Review and GiveAway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED- WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!)