Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
18/09/2018 at 19.30pm
I tapped my foot, I clapped along and I joined in with the singing at the end. These are three things I almost never do, and definitely not all at the same performance.
This thoroughly enjoyable production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by BLOC – a Bristol amateur theatre company – genuinely gives professional touring musicals a run for their money.
Usually, my favourite scenes with BLOC are the ones featuring their rousing ensemble. Me Ol’ Bamboo in this show being a case in point. But I was also wowed by the talent of the principles.
Grace Macdonald as Truly Scrumptious was outstanding. Her beautiful voice was perfect for this role and she had incredible precision in Doll on a Music Box. She managed to embrace the role made famous by Sally Ann Howes in the film, but without being a slave to the immortalised character.
The audience loved the warm, humorous coupling of Ian Taylor as Baron Bomburst and Lizzy Westney as Baroness Bomburst. Chu-Chi Face was a second act highlight.
There were more perfectly pitched comedy performances from Alex Milner as Boris and Peter Cottell as Goran, the two spies.
Perhaps biggest laugh of the show went to Jason Shepherd as Mr Matthews, the delighted West Country turkey farmer.
Jack Spencer and Lily Beacon, made up Jeremy and Jemima, creating the characters with impressive professionalism and maturity for such a young age.
And, star of the show Chitty, flew above the Bristol Hippodrome stage in an end of Act I Wow Moment.
With high production values and impressive direction, this show absolutely lived up to its huge expectation.
There is such enthusiasm, energy and creativity in this production. It’s performances like this that really make theatre magic.
After Hushaby Mountain, the scene switches to the fun fair. This starts off with two impressive fire jugglers and fire eating tricks
When Chitty is first revealed, the car does approximately four loud bangs with flashes
After the song Truly Scrumptious, the weather changes to thunder and lightning. There are approximately four to five extremely loud bangs and flashes
At the finale, a confetti cannon sends paper confetti into the audience and there are stage pyrotechnics
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at The Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 22 September 2018.
About BLOC: www.blocproductions.co.uk
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