Reviews from Paul's pen

Reviews from Paul's pen


Four Wheeled Theatre - Now. Here. This.

Show Profile by: Paul Towers, 29 November 2018
Now. Here. This - Book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, and Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Four Wheeled Theatre prodcution
Upstairs @ The Western, 5th December to 22nd December

“Now. Here. This. - a taste of what is to come.”

Upstairs at The Western has taken a huge gamble on staging a single show over the festive period. Now. Here. This. is a musical from 2012 written very much under the influence of Stephen Sondheim for a tight cast of four.
This is not a review of the show (that will follow next week) but rather a taste of what is to come.
The show is wholly new with original music and lyrics, many of them very witty.
The cast comprise Sam Hannah, Simon Butler-Little, Kathryn Lenthall and Charlotte-Emily Bond. The boys have worked with Four Wheel Theatre before but the girls are new to the company.
With a live keyboard accompanied by a backing track this story is based around four friends at a natural history museum in America.
Innovatively the performances are scheduled in the upstairs theatre on the following dates: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd at 7.30pm. Additionally there will be promenade performances in the downstairs bar especially for those with mobility issues who can’t manage the stairs on 5th and 12th at 2pm. There will also be relaxed performances upstairs in the theatre on 15th and 22nd at 2pm. This all chimes very well with the management’s vow to make theatre at Upstairs much more accessible.
First published on Western Gazette

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