REVIEW: Eastbourne Stagers deliver the ‘very best’ with Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass - Eastbourne Stagers SUS-150917-155727001
Through the Looking Glass - Eastbourne Stagers SUS-150917-155727001

Eastbourne Stagers promised to give the “very best” production of a brand new version of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and that is just what the talented bunch of youngsters have delivered this week.

The show is a delight for audiences young and old and is down to Jane James and Dotty Briant, a stalwart of the Eastbourne theatre scene for more than 40 years.

Without Dotty’s vision, enthusiasm and dedication, smaller gems like Alice Through The Looking Glass would not be seen.

Under the directorial eye of Jane James, the action rolls seamlessly without the usual clunky scene changes.

A usual mishap in many shows is the sound balance between the orchestra and the performers. This doesn’t happen however as , thanks to musical director Robert Cousins and eight fellow musicians, this was meticulously in sync and the all important lyrics in the musical numbers were not lost.

Where do we start with the young performers?

It is hard to single out individuals and all of them played such an integral part in translating this difficult piece to us with great aplomb.

Star performances came from the brilliant Mcauley Parker as the White Knight, Charlie Weston’s comical Humpty Dumpty, Laurence Dengate’s Lewis Carroll and Maddison James was a convincingly evil Red Queen.

Lauren Holmes is certainly one to watch for the future with her fantastic portrayal of Alice.

The ensemble routines were polished and a reflection of just how much hard work the young cast have put in during months of rehearsals.

The show is on tonight (Friday) and there are two performances tomorrow, a matinee at 2.30pm and the final show at 7.30pm. Ticket prices start at £12.50.

Go on, go through the looking glass.

By James Bell

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