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Speed Dating: The Musical, 5th to 11th September 2016
What happens when you throw twelve strangers together in a bar with nothing but five minutes to impress and get to know the other person? Last performed in the West End in 2008, this updated version of Speed Dating: The Musical, written by Newbury-based writer and composer, Jamie Ledwith, is having its world premiere this September. Will anyone end up together? Will she truly find happiness? And why has that man got a dictaphone? All that is concealed is soon to be revealed...
Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EGGGFJ.
Review of The Odd Couple
30th May to 1st June 2013.
From the Newbury Weekly News.
Thumbs-up for Out The Box debut
Out The Box: The Odd Couple, at New Greenham Arts, from Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1
It is poker night in Oscar's New York City apartment. The boys are gathered around the table, smoking, drinking and throwing their used beer cans and crisp packets on the floor. Someone is missing though. Felix arrives late, he has broken up with his wife, is distressed, suicidal almost, and has nowhere to stay.
This lively beginning to Neil Simon's classic comedy sets the scene for the sharing of a flat by two highly incompatible characters, Oscar and Felix. Jez Mann handled the difficult, heavy role of Oscar with real skill and sustained the character to the very end.
David Richardson was just right as the fussy, tidy, neat and highly-irritating Felix and although it was easy to see why slobbish Oscar's marriage had broken up, you did wonder about Felix, who cooked and cleaned and hoovered and generally kept the flat pristine. Over-zealous housekeepers in the audience must surely have squirmed as Felix, pinny round his waist, brought in beer on a tray, fussed as one or other of the boys failed to use a coaster and swept up crisp crumbs under their feet.
And when Oscar invites two young English girls from the flat upstairs to join them for dinner, what does Felix do? He tells the girls about his lovely wife and kids, bursts into tears and soon has the girls crying with him. Bang goes Oscar's romantic plans for the evening and bang goes the two-man sharing partnership. Rhiannon Bremner and Kate Leek played Gwendolyn and Cecily with warmth and lots of sympathy for the hapless Felix and there were strong supporting performances from Neil Harvey, Jamie Ledwith. Paul Hyde and Paul Strickland as the 'Poker Boys'.
However, it was the two principals that gave the strongest, most sustained and impressive performances. Full marks to directors Christopher Rand and Ellie Selby for smooth continuity and character development overall and a big, fat 'Newbury Oscar' to Out The Box company for a scintillating, smooth and highly entertaining first production. More please.
A Chorus of Disapproval, 4th to 7th June 2016
The Odd Couple, 30th May to 1st June 2013