31 July 2015
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Gangsters, kids, songs and splat guns???? What else but Bugsy Malone!
Bugsy Malone is based on the 1976 musical gangster film and is based in Chicago during prohibition in the 1920 and 30’s. It is loosely reflects some of the shenanigans of the real life gangsters of that age. The story is of boxing manager Bugsy Malone as he helps Fat Sam in his splat gun war with Dandy Dan and on the way, falling for Blousy Brown.
The show was directed by Rebecca Atack as part of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Creative Learning Stage Experience. The large cast of children between 8 and 18 years old, were selected through an open audition earlier in the year with rehearsal taking place over the last two weeks.
That alone shows the level of talent and aptitude of these young actors. The star of the show was undoubtedly Anna Cowen as Blousey Brown with her stunning voice. Alastair McLeod gave a consistent performance as Fat Sam. Although full of many humorous moments the ventriloquist and his dummy stood out from the crowd.
The staging was clever with the use of signs to change the settings within the show. The orchestra contributed a lot of atmosphere to the performance.
Bugsy Malone commanded a full house who were truly behind the cast from start to finish, they couldn’t help but be drawn into the humour and on stage capers of the show.
Theatre Royal was a fantastic backdrop of the children to experience the stage. The Theatre is located in Hope Street in the city centre. It is in walking distance to both the rail and bus station. Cambridge Street multi storey car park is also close by. All the staff within the theatre were friendly and very helpful.
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