Review: Little Women at The Spring, Havant

Beth Evans, Kirsty Terry, Megan Green, Jessi Wilson and Sophie Hoolihan in Bench Theatre's Little Women
Beth Evans, Kirsty Terry, Megan Green, Jessi Wilson and Sophie Hoolihan in Bench Theatre's Little Women
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The Spring’s resident amateur theatre group, The Bench, opened their latest production, Louisa M Alcott’s Little Women last night.

The mixed cast of old hands coupled with a newer intake are given a lot to contend with over the nearly three hours (including interval). From unrequited love to heartbreak to that famously tear-jerking deathbed scene, it’s certainly worth the price of the ticket.

And on the whole, the sweeping storyline moves along apace. On this first night there were a few teething problems; some of the accents wandered slightly and the occasional highly-charged dramatic scene didn’t quite hit the mark.

But there were stand-out performances too, particularly from Jessi Wilson as a maturing Amy March, Jo Langfield as affected society friend, Sallie Gardiner and a very competent Beth Evans as sensible Meg.