Review by: Paul Towers, 06 December 2018
Now. Here. This - Book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, and Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Four Wheeled Theatre production
Upstairs @ The Western, 5th December to 22nd December
“alternately comic and sad”
Last week I dropped into the dress rehearsal of Now. Here. This and was impressed. Tonight I saw the first public performance in the theatre. Yesterday afternoon there had been an accessible performance downstairs in the back bar but this was the first in the theatre.
Now. Here. This. is the tale of four friends from the four corners of America who meet up in a Natural History Museum and reminisce about their childhoods and lives. Taken in parallel with the story of evolution their various journeys to adulthood prove to be just as eventful as any species leaving the prehistoric swamps to crawl and fly.
This show is primarily a musical with narrative inbetween. Alternately comic and sad their various lives lead them, eventually, to a commonly bonded friendship circle of support and love.
Sam Hannah, Simon Butler-Little, Kathryn Lenthall and Charlotte-Emily Bond play many parts and sing up a storm with often just a scarf or a coat to change character.
This play is especially appropriate for Upstairs at The Western’s intimate performance space as you feel very close to the story.
If you are looking for be entertained without all the tinsel and baubles then this is a perfect evening for you.
Performances are scheduled in the upstairs theatre on the following dates: 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd at 7.30pm. Additionally there will be a promenade performances in the downstairs bar especially for those with mobility issues who can’t manage the stairs on 12th December at 2pm. There will also be relaxed performances upstairs in the theatre on 15th and 22nd at 2pm. Full details on the website.
Upstairs at The Western http://upstairsatthewestern.com/