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Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

On the first day of term for University of Exeter students, Laura Elmes Production treated us to a nostalgic return to the beloved world of Harry Potter. We find a teenage Tom Riddle, played with excellent comedic timing and stellar voice by Steve Graney, facing some of the same woes as the Freshers at the University: love, fame, world domination and fascination with snakes. You know, the usual teenage stuff. The year is 1942 and the production starts off by making it painfully obvious that Nazis are in power, but asks us to ignore that and instead focus on teenage Voldemort, his classmates and Hufflepuff girlfriend obsessed with baked goods, called Muffin Rows, played with adorableness and grace by Alice Robinson. Continue reading Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

Review: Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals

Lively, thrilling, and spectacular, Exeter University’s musical theatre show choir ‘Spotlights’ successfully revived everyone’s love of musicals in their performance of ‘A Night at the Musicals’ last night. Following on from their sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, this high energy show is back with a new choir and a new set list. This group of talented performers really did make the room … Continue reading Review: Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals

Musical Theatre: Does it deserve the hype?

Big shows like Hamilton continually sell-out, and can sell their tickets for extortionate prices. But do shows like this really deserve the praise they receive? Or are people only going because they’ve been swept up in the social media mania? Theatre lover Izzy Bostock tells us her thoughts.  As a huge theatre fan, I have been very fortunate to see many shows over the years, and, … Continue reading Musical Theatre: Does it deserve the hype?

Review: My Fair Lady

Footlights, Exeter’s musical theatre society, are well-known for their high-budget, high-ambition productions. Shows like The Producers, Singin’ in the Rain and Gypsy, were tantalising visual spectacles, true to the Broadway musical genre. So it was intriguing to see their production of My Fair Lady which, unlike their other recent plays, was performed at the smaller Lemon Grove. This allowed the cast and production team to … Continue reading Review: My Fair Lady

Review: It Shoulda Been You

There was a lot that could go wrong when you’re putting on a show like It Shoulda Been You. A musical-comedy is best to be avoided when considering how many invitations for failure there are inherent in the genre. Cringey dialogue, cheap jokes that fall flat, plots that adorn absurdity, are all too common; worsened by the addition of the setting of a wedding and … Continue reading Review: It Shoulda Been You

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors, the brainchild of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, is a zany musical about abusive relationships, a giant carnivorous plant and the cost of success. The premise is pure B movie sci-fi: an extraterrestrial plant requires human blood to grow – the more it grows, the more flesh it desires. However, Mushnik’s Flower Shop is only able to survive in Skid Row … Continue reading Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Review: Dogfight

Peter Duchan’s Dogfight is by no means an easy musical to tackle. The best way to describe it would be a play with an identity crisis, its complexity making it difficult to align with a particular genre. Dogfight tells the tale of a group of American marines on the eve of shipment to fight in Vietnam. They decide to pass their final evening continuing their … Continue reading Review: Dogfight