REVIEW: Lavender Hill Mob give a Beauty of a production

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They may have been under a long sleeping spell at Castle Crumble during the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company’s recent production of Sleeping Beauty, but those present at the performance I attended were certainly wide awake enjoying the group’s take on this traditional tale of the Sleeping Beauty and her awakening by The Handsome Prince!

It’s amazing to learn that this production was the 33rd since the company was formed in 2001 and I certainly agree, the Lavender Hill Mob seem to go from strength to strength, building on the success of past shows.

The music and script were original, as seems to be the case now , and all sections of the company gave of their best. The varied cast consisted of people from all walks of life and abilities, and the directors say they are still the company that likes to “Make a Difference to Those Who need a Difference”.

All the necessary ingredients were present to add to the success of the show, great sets, music, dancing, humour and , of course, the confident acting from both the principal actors, chorus members and the cast in general. The younger members of the cast excelled and the small group of enthusiastic folk I attended with, especially enjoyed the audience participation sections of the proceedings!

The “good” characters in the show were really very good and the “wicked” ones, seriously scary!

Well done to Les Miles (Artistic Director), Tim Rock (Musical Director) and Laura Farr (Choreographer) for all their efforts in continuing to make the company so successful.

Andy Tyler