Review: Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kings Theatre, Southsea

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Grimm's Fairy Tales for Young and Old. Hal Darling as The Wolf, Emily Wells as Little Red Riding Hood. Photo by Paul Inskip

REVIEW: Grimm’s Tales For Young and Old by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

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Is it possible to be objective about this show in the face of the obvious audience delight at the end of the opening night?

Yes – the cast performed it well; yes – any show that gets children and young adults into a theatre is A Very Good Thing; yes – it looks a million dollars – but the direction is now tired and needs refreshing. I accept that people coming to it for the first time won’t know this, but having seen the show half a dozen times, it’s wearing a little thin, now.

The talent on stage zings. Jennifer Potts as the narrator sings bell-clear, with no dodgy transition from chest to head-voice. At times she was a little quiet, but these days that’s more the fault of the sound engineer than the performer. As Joseph, Rob Wilshaw is personable and sings nicely.

There are some stand-outs in the ensemble; Andrew Bateup is a towering presence; Richard J Hunt’s vibrant tenor shines, Sackie Osakonor’s tones are rich and mellow and Meg Astin is a revelation. Until Saturday.