Review: Godspell, Cosham Baptist Church, Portsmouth

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I saw Godspell bounce on to the West End stage 40 years ago, catapulting rising star David Essex into the public eye and the song Day By Day – a love call to Jesus – into the nation’s pop charts.

Portsmouth’s exciting new musical theatre company VisionWorksMTC gave an equally exuberant and fun performance, emphasising the timelessness of the original fast-moving and thought-provoking Good News show.

The well-rehearsed, talented cast moved skilfully around the stage in pacey dance sequences. By My Side was uniquely beautiful and Sarah Grimm’s dance lifts fearlessly graceful.

From the versatile staging and wonderful shadow puppets to the attractive costumes and supportive musicians VisionWorks is aiming at all-round excellence.

Artistic director Paul Clements, who also played Jesus, is a central strength and should take a bow.

It is hard to believe from their accomplished sell-out debut that VisionWorks only started rehearsing in January. Stars are definitely rising.