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MISS SAIGON

TEMPO


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Director: Adam Whittle
Musical: Director Simon Murray
Dance Director: Jane Wood

All these new releases raise one big question, how can they be staged? There isn’t any scenery available nor costumes either, for hire. The original production was high tech. And let’s not forget the helicopter!

For this production David Walton designed a set coupled with video/projection, designed by David Biddy. Both concepts served the production well, and every scene change was choreographed and never interfered with the action. The costumes were created by Barbara Herd and members of the society, giving each character the correct statement. The lighting added that extra element, and the mixing of voice and orchestra was flawless.

The director extracted all the drama of the piece and brought out the best in the cast. This would not have been possible without the collaboration of the M.D. This musical opera was vocally a challenge to sustain, to include all the emotional journeys of each character. The choreography is not easy when there are so many different levels of ability. What was achieved was effective but some numbers would have benefited from more drilling.

Dom Sutton, playing the Engineer, totally understood the character and it all came together in The American Dream. He controlled his Dreamland girls with the  girls depicting how low their lives had become. Innocent Kim was sensitively portrayed by Hannah Lawson showing all the sincerity and selflessness of the role.

G.I. Chris falls in love with Kim, marries an American returns to Vietnam with his wife to find out that he and Kim have a son Tam. Ben Ryan delivered the naïve marine, Chris, who is in turmoil over Kim. This was endorsed when he emotively sang Why, God, Why?  Ellen, Chris’s wife finds out who Kim is and that Chris is Tam's father and sings, Now That I’ve Seen Her. Jennifer Kent was so convincing as Ellen she gave a more than credible performance.

Other notable performances came from Will Poyser, as Chris’s friend, John, and Ikaro Gittins as, Thuy, Kim’s would-be-arranged husband. All the other roles and ensemble work succeed in capturing the drama and the energy never flagged.
This was a most watchable production. splendidly worked and which radiated naturalistic performances.

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