Review of the Show
New Forest Players
19th July 2018
4 of 5 stars – Young writers and actors reach for the stars!
New Forest Players have been performing in the area now for 90 years, no mean feat at all and something they should be very proud of indeed.
To celebrate their 90th anniversary they commissioned adult and youth writers in the local area to bring forward 1 act plays to be judged. The winners prize was to perform as part of their summer season.
I was pleased to see that I had tickets for the Youth Section and I was not left disappointed at all.
Alien Exchange by Dian Donovan understandably felt like a school production, only 20 minutes in length and had a very young cast. This was a good story and well directed. The cast knew all of their words and the flow was very good indeed. A special mention to Theodore Stevens who plays Bradley and who commanded the stage from the start.
We then had a couple of monologues and songs from a rising star – Geena Morris. Geena is 15 years old and oozes talent. I really think she has what it needs to go far in the musical theatre industry. She did a monologue and song from Les Mis and then from Funny Girl, both were very good indeed. I am not 100% sure that there could have been some more support on the sound front and someone to help Geena move the microphone each time but I do not want to distract from a lovely performance.
Finally, to round of the evening, we had a real treat – Clothes make the Man by LA Green. This was fantastic, a modern day and relevant story based on a young girl who is longing to be a man. Based in a charity shop the play focuses on the journey between the 2 sisters and ultimately acceptance. The play was beautifully staged and acted and was a credit to New Forest Players. Kayli Haydon and Bonnie Elford were brilliant and really acted the parts and the story to a high level. I just wished they had been supported more by the lighting as the constant flickering and dark shadows on the stage really started to distract when it should have enhanced this performance.
All in all it is safe to say that we have a wealth of young talent in the New Forest area and I really do believe that the future of amateur theatre is safe in their hands.
If you have some time this afternoon pop down to The Ballard School and see the youth section perform or this evening the adult section! Well worth it indeed!