Dreamboats and Petticoats at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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SET in 1961, Dreamboats and Petticoats is a toe tapping, spine tingling musical which is guaranteed to brighten up your day.

It’s a simple plot based around a group of teenage lovers bidding to win a songwriting competition in Essex.

But its simplicity doesn’t spoil the astonishing performance given by a talented cast who arrived at The Mayflower in Southampton this week as part of a nationwide tour.

That includes recent X Factor contestant Terry Winstanley. He plays youth club leader Phil, who had a charming voice, and he seemed very much at home on the stage.

But the true star of the show was Samantha Dorrance who played nerdy but talented songwriter Laura. Her vocals were superb, sending shivers up the spine.

A slow motion sequence depicting a fight between two of the main male characters was cleverly done, and met with plenty of laughs. The show is bound to amuse you with references to the current day which injected relevant humour to the show.

By the end the whole audience were on their feet, clapping and dancing along with the cast to classic old songs. Dreamboats and Petticoats is full of laughs and although it has a predictable plot, it is sure to put a smile on your face.

Until Saturday.

RUTH SCAMMELL