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posted/updated: 28 Jun 2018 - edit review / upload photos
Into The Woods
Music by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
society/company: KW Productions (directory)
performance date: 27 Jun 2018
venue: The Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester
reviewer/s: David Supper (Sardines review)


It would seem churlish to pick out any one performer in this high powered production where the energy levels of all the performers was on a consistent high. Right from the start the audience was treated to a fast-moving ensemble piece cleverly directed by Leigh White. The lack of an orchestra did not in any way detract from the presentation of the songs that were performed with verve and professionalism by the whole cast of 10 moving in and out of character with seamless ease.

It was the lightness of touch that impressed me the most and the theatrical devices that represented a whole host of complicated scenes from the rapping wolves to the cud chewing cow that brought a real sense of Sondheim to the stage. Mention must also be made of the choreography which is often a weakness in amateur productions. Not here though, the movement and timing were of the highest order making good use of the space available both in set pieces and movement from character to character.

If I have any criticism it was the slackness of the opening where performers wandered around the stage waving and smiling at friends and family, I groaned inwardly at the thought of what was to come. I needn’t have worried, this slackness was soon forgotten as the production moved into top gear and never faltered, even for one moment.

Congratulations to the whole company who entertained the enthusiastic audience and sustained the material from beginning to end.









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