Hugo really enjoyed being interviewed by Caiman and it’s already getting great feedback. Hugo is a marvellous story-teller and wonderful raconteur so the interview is very entertaining and funny. Do have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H-IWK1kCA8
Since 2015, LRP have brought an annual season of professional productions to Boscombe’s Shelley Theatre. With the latter yet to reopen and live theatre treading carefully, a change of venue and a single production mark their return to the Bournemouth area. Deathtrap, still holding the record for longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, proves an excellent choice for this long-awaited return.
Set in 1978, in the central character’s study at his home in Connecticut, at the heart of the drama is successful playwright Sidney Bruhl, now artistically and financially becalmed amid box office failures and writer’s block. Having received for his critical assessment a script written by a former student, he shares his initial thoughts with wife Myra, then rings to invite the young, aspiring playwright over to discuss possible improvements: the script, like Levin’s play itself, is entitled Deathtrap, uses a single set and involves just five characters.
[I]t is … a superbly crafted, absorbing and entertaining piece of theatre. Vernon Thompson’s skilful direction weaves a tangled mesh of the elements that characterise such plays: plot twists, turns and reversals; murder; deception; and dialogue and action that might or might not be exactly what they seem. Pace, timing and the balance between elements of comedy and thriller, with dashes of melodrama and revenge tragedy, are all very well judged, providing a highly enjoyable evening’s theatre.
As Myra Bruhl, Victoria Porter is an always convincing foil to Al Wadlan’s Sidney, whether their interaction is harmonious or discordant. Equally, Claire Fisher as psychic neighbour Helga Ten Dorp and Richard Mullins as Bruhl’s lawyer Porter Milgrim are quick to establish the distinctive identities of their characters, providing splendid foils for Bruhl in particular.
Allocation of and distancing between occupied seats is skilfully managed and it was clear, not least from the laughter and the applause, how much the first-night audience enjoyed the performance.
Whether you have missed regular pre-Covid theatre trips or are in the mood to add the delights of live theatre to your life, if you possibly can, book yourself a ticket and get along to the Tivoli Theatre for a thoroughly enjoyable production.
Extract from review by Phil Vivian for SceneOne+ 29th July 2021
There have been some lovely reviews for House Guest, the play that Victoria Porter and Neil James have been in at Pokesdown.
The Daily Echo wrote: “Wadlan and [Victoria] Porter are excellent as the distraught couple. There are strong performances too from the supporting cast, particularly Neil James as Inspector Burford”.
Scene One Plus admired the company too: “These guys delivered every line with perfect audibility; they varied pitch, pace, pause and inflection with consummate skill and […] had us on the edge of our seats”.
The final play of the season is Murder Mistaken which Victoria and Neil are also both in and we wish them well with it. http://shelleytheatre.co.uk/
Victoria Porter and Neil James are both in Bournemouth as part of the London Repertory Players summer rep season at the Shelley Theatre. http://shelleytheatre.co.uk/
They are currently rehearsing the Francis Durbridge play House Guest which opens on Thursday 22nd August.
They will then start rehearsing Murder Mistaken by Janet Green which opens on Thursday 29th August.
We are sure that they will have great success with both plays and are looking forward to seeing them, and perhaps having an ice cream at the seaside!
Carrie Hill’s show in Edinburgh, Shakespearience, is getting rave reviews from some of the most difficult to please audience members – children!
“It was so, so funny” – Harry, aged 6
“It was fantastically amazing!” – Sylvia, aged 9
“I loved the show and thought you were all fantastic” – aged 5
“It was the best fringe show we have seen!” – aged 7
Victoria Porter is in the first play of the London Repertory Players 2019 season at the Shelley Theatre near Bournemouth. http://shelleytheatre.co.uk/
It’s three of the Talking Heads monologues by the wonderful Alan Bennett and Victoria performs the piece in which Maggie Smith originally played the lonely vicar’s wife: Bed Among the Lentils.
Scene One Plus said: “Victoria Porter’s portrayal was seamless. Everything she did, every mannerism, every reflective pause … took us on a journey. She had me laughing out loud and crying … brilliant.”
Bournemouth Echo said: “The pieces demand first class acting, and they get it from these players. Exceptional performances.”
Victoria will be appearing in two other plays later in the season, Francis Durbridge’s House Guest and Murder Mistaken by Janet Green. Neil James will be joining her for these thrillers and we look forward to seeing them both.
Carrie Hill has arrived in Edingburgh to be part of the fantastic Edinburgh Festival! She’s performing in Shakespearience at the Underbelly, Bristo Square – Ermintrude. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shakespearience
It’s a five-star smash-hit where the Bard’s best-loved works burst into life in a high-octane, whistle-stop tour of three of Shakespeare’s plays, the perfect introduction for the next generation of budding Romeos and Juliets. It’s performed by three actors using music, movement and comedy, and Carrie’s brilliant in it – if you’re going to Edinburgh catch it if you can!
Neil has now finished his second play as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival – Further Education which was a Highly Recommended Show by Fringe Review. Neil played a striking miner in the 1980s ‘with conviction’.
Betrayal was also Highly Recommended by Fringe Review, with Neil’s performance being ‘exactly right’. It also got a 4 star review from Fringe Guru and a 5 star one in the Brighton Argus, in addition to the 5 star review from Broadway Baby.
We congratulate Neil on both plays, and are looking forward to seeing him and Victoria Porter in the summer rep season at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth.
We are delighted to welcome Rus Kallan to the agency and look forward to working with him on many projects.
Last night we went to see Neil James in Betrayal at the Rialto Theatre in Brighton – Neil gave a splendid performance as Jerry. We really enjoyed the production which has had a five star review:
There are only 3 performances left – hopefully they’ll all be sold out like it was last night!
Later in this month we’ll be back to Brighton to see Neil in another play – Further Education – so we’re looking forward to that. It runs from 29th May to 2nd June at the same theatre.