HMS Pinafore & Trial by Jury Reviews

Please see below for press reviews of our recent production of HMS Pinafore & Trial by Jury. 

Excerpts from NODA Review by Brian Oliver (2 November 2018)

“Two very good shows which made for a very enjoyable evening”

“The setting for Trial by Jury was very simple……. I liked the idea of having all the cast with white faces, wearing black and white costumes, with only the judge, the plaintiff and the other woman wearing red. Together with the simple set I thought overall it looked very effective.”

“The principal characters were all excellent, and their singing was superb.”

“There was a traditional set for HMS Pinafore that looked very impressive”

“Yet again the principal roles were all excellent”

“The orchestra sounded fabulous throughout the evening”

“I thought that director had added some wonderful touches and ideas to give it a more up to date feel, which also created more comedy, whilst keeping the G&S traditionalists happy at the same time.”

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Excerpts from SceneOne Plus Review by Steve O’Neill (18 October 2018)

“I am a renewed man and all the richer for going to see production.

It was absolutely brilliant from the first opening note to the last strident chord!

Set in front of curtains, the evening began with the rousing chorus of Trial by Jury………the stage was packed by a very sizeable chorus of very, very fine monochrome singers.  The overall effect was highly stylised both in the acting and of a black and white film with splashes of colour coming from the defendant’s new girlfriend, jilted fiancée and the Judge. I love minimalism in theatre so the use of two simple frames that became doors, dock and juror’s bench really impressed.

After 35 minutes that felt more like 10, the utter nonsense and hilarity of Trial by Jury came to an end and I was thoroughly awake, energised and eagerly awaiting HMS Pinafore……………….The director, Claire Camble-Hutchins, brought some brilliant touches to the whole production which was deftly performed and hugely funny.  She even brought bits of it (more) up to date – I loved the ‘20s flapper girls, Sir Joseph Porter’s entourage, and she even sneaked in a few very modern references to hilarious effect.………………..The cast were all fantastic, obviously having the time of their lives and the sizeable audience couldn’t help but have a great time too.”

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Excerpt from Stour and Avon Magazine Review by Julie Adams (26 October 2018)

“………………..Good work by Musical Director Helen Brind who coaxed singers and orchestra to make the most of Sullivan’s sublime music and plaudits to Director and Choreographer Claire Camble-Hutchins. She used her cast – and Gilbert’s witty words – imaginatively to produce a stylish, fast-paced and entertaining double-bill. Look out for Bournemouth GaSP next year, surprises are promised.”  







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