Octagon Theatre, Bolton
19 January – 18 February 2012
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Opening on the 19th January 2012 at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, directed by David Thacker the theatre production of “Alfie” with an outstanding cast of eight actors.
David Ricardo Pearce charms his way through this theatrical version of the classic 1966 Michael Caine film, “Alfie” with his charisma and the edgy, bad boy quality he brings to this production makes the performance a delight towatch. He made it easy talking directly into the auditorium and standing in a single spotlight for a large part of the play, David assertively confides in his audience with a swaggering ease. It works by helping to bring the audience into Alfie’s world. He is devilishly handsome, so talented with his performance that this production will undoubtedly be a great success.
Alfie is a freewheeling playboy/chauffeur who refuses to settle for the companionship of just one woman. Sexy, stylish, and with a body the ladies can’t seem to get enough of, Alfie has his choice of gorgeous women of all ages, married, single, in a relationship nothing matters, he’s ready to give it a go. That is until he makes love to a woman who should have been off-limits. Then everything he believes he knows about living a carefree existence changes. Women have the power to hurt him, and that’s a brand new twist on his free-spirited, sexually promiscuous lifestyle.
Vicky Binns (Mollie in Coronation Street) had a wonderful performance playing Carla and Annie thus a great opportunity to see a young well known actress.
Isabel Ford had a sexy and delightful role as Siddie at the beginning of the performance, also a powerful performance as Lily.
Lily had a short affair with Alfie thus becoming pregnant by him, a very dramatic abortion scene. John Branwell appeared as the abortionist in this touching and shocking scene, Both John and Lily in there many roles display a deeply moving and continuously entertaining performance.
Barbara Hockaday, Eamonn Riley, Francesca Ryan and Kenn Sabberton also amaze us with a superb performance in there multi-tasking roles.
The cast continuously work the audience with their performance and with a bare set moving furniture in and out during the scenes.
The Octagon Theatre is located in the centre of Bolton, with easy access to parking facilities directly next door in the multi-story car park. The theatre itself is quite modern with a friendly bar and café, ticket prices are quite reasonable for a 3hr performance varying from £9.50 to £22.50.
Overall what a great night, well worth the price of the ticket for a fine adaptation of “Alfie”, you will relish the outstanding performances by the cast and the rather intimate auditorium.
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