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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at The Playhouse Weston



 
 
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at The Playhouse, Weston 
 
 
Always a favourite with old and young alike, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has come to The Playhouse at Weston, just in time for a half term treat for all the family!  And this is certainly one of the best productions I’ve seen to date, it burns with high octane energy, sparkles with special effects, lifts you spirits with great singing and wraps the audience in a warm glow right from the start.

On this night Joseph was played by Tom Bainbridge and he couldn’t have been more perfect with boy band good looks, a great voice and wore the famous coat with bags of swagger.  The narrator is performed by Alexandra Doar who weaves the thread that keeps the story rolling in fine style and James Head plays the role of Jacob, the father of the twelve brothers with distinctive gravitas.

Robert Bardsley as the butler was very amusing as was Richard J Hunt as the baker; Amber Kennedy made a wonderfully seductive and evil Mrs Potiphar but our undoubted favourite was Andrew Geater as the Pharaoh a.k.a. Elvis the King.  So good was his interpretation we thought the king was amongst us once more – lip curling, hip swivelling, hound dog voice deep and melodious, we were in heaven and certainly up for his encores at the end!

The scenery and costumes really bring the production to life, and together with the superb dancing by all the cast it makes for a fantastic theatre experience.  Last, but not least, a shout out for the youngsters of the Joseph Choir provided by the Bristol School of Performing Arts; they were on stage for almost all the evening and their singing was delightful.

The evening ended with a much-deserved standing ovation and a free-for-all singalong which was great fun – certainly this is one not to be missed!

Jacquie Vowles


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