As theatre continues to return up and down the country, it was fantastic to be back at the Old Joint Stock Theatre after the longest ever interval.
The team at OJS have kick-started their Summer double bill with the rip-roaring Avenue Q and it doesn’t disappoint. This sparkling cast deliver a polished performance, navigating the intimate space effortlessly.
Avenue Q is not the simplest of shows to pull off. With intricate puppetry and multi-roling in abundance, each member of this talented company brought the characters gloriously to life.
Thomas Cove made for a brilliant under-the-thumb Brian, sprinkling humour through the show, whilst Hannah Victoria’s Gary Coleman had the audience chuckling away. Bradley Walwyn’s distinctive voice and excellent comic timing was perfect for Nicky/Trekkie, strongly supported by Matt Bond and Tabitha Rose.
Causing chaos from their first entrance, the Bad Idea Bears were played hilariously well by Alex Wadham and Bella Bowen, whilst Etheria Chan captured the funny, yet fiery Christmas Eve superbly.
Ben Hutt (Princeton/Rod) and Rebecca Withers (Kate/Lucy) led the way with their standout performances. Hutt’s silky vocals breathed new life into the songs, whilst Withers captured the heart of Kate Monster’s character, with a stunningly beautiful There’s A Fine, Fine Line. Smoothly slipping between their roles, it was a joy to watch.
The tight harmonies and slick choreography, under Musical Direction from Jack Hopkins and choreographer Pippa Lacey, elevated the production. Directed by Adam Lacey, Avenue Q was a bold challenge, expertly handled and wonderfully performed.
I can only end this review on two words “That bitch” - sheer genius!
Go see. Running at Old Joint Stock until 21 August.
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