A Review of the Midsummer Musical Gala

from thisisbristol.co.uk

Monday, June 21, 2010, 07:00

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Students past and present stage hit show

An Actor’s Life For Me (hosted by Jeremy Irons): Theatre Royal Bristol

WHEN I saw this show a couple of months back, performed by the students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) it ran for around one hour, and was terrific.

For this gala fundraising event for the school the final year students have been joined by ex-students who have since gone on to become star names in the entertainment business.

To accommodate them the show has expanded to two hours, which begged the question could the inclusion in the cast of Samantha Bond, Alex Jennings, Clive Hayward, Joanna Riding, Adrian Grove, and seven members of the cast of The Archers make this new format work as successfully as the original? The answer was a big, resounding yes.

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Host Jeremy Irons set the tone to the evening with a witty introduction.

Samantha Bond and Alex Jennings captured the satirical fun in Noel Coward‘s Why Must the Show Go On?, Clive Hayward and Joanna Riding respectively brought broad and gentle humour to The Night I Appeared As Macbeth and Carrying a Torch, Adrian Grove cleverly combined mime with vocal fun in I Enjoy Being A Cat, and the team from The Archers presented a lovely mixed bag of haunting and very funny prose.

Whilst it was a great pleasure to see these top names, they did not, I am glad, outshine the sparkling, slick students.

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