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Sixties style musical fundraiser funny and entertaining

PUBLISHED: 16:38 07 June 2012

Stage One Theatre Company will be performing SHOUT! at the Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road, Romford on Friday May 25 to Saturday June 2.

Stage One Theatre Company will be performing SHOUT! at the Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road, Romford on Friday May 25 to Saturday June 2.

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»The Brookside Theatre opened its doors to the public for the first time on May 25 with a charity production of Shout!, staged to raise money for the Romford War Memorial Social Club.

The musical is a charming, nostalgic trip though the swinging, modernist subculture of 1960s London that helped define a decade.

Presented by Stage One Theatre Company as a comic revue split into two acts, it showcases many memorable, popular tunes that swept the UK and the rest of the world during that period. And while it does maintain a whimsical tone throughout, it doesn’t shy away from serious underlying themes of feminine self-discovery and liberation.

The cast of five women – mostly clad in fetching mini-dresses, groovy high heels and hip white vinyl go-go boots – inhabit five distinct female types, each representing different colours of the so-called “mod rainbow”.

Harri Sepple, who also directed and choreographed the production, is the perfect Bond girl singing a very funny adaptation of Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, a highlight of the show, as well as a superb, heartfelt rendition of Petula Clark’s I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love. The delivery of her monologues is hilarious and beautifully timed.

The show’s principle charms are zippy melodies, cheery beats and Sepple’s miming of 1960s dance moves.

The girls prance across a fabulous flower-power set designed created by the show’s producer and founder of Stage One, Jai Sepple.

This is one of the funniest and most entertaining shows that I have been to in some time. Taking you back to the era of Carnaby Street, the Beatles and Mary Quant, the girls’ stories are both humorous and, at the same time, thought-provoking!

Anne Radley

n For more information visit www.brooksidetheatre.com

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