Review: Evita, Ferneham Hall

Poet and author Benjamin Zephaniah

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‘Would Evita win through?’ asks Everyman narrator Che, and the ensemble respond ‘Yes. And no’.

And that’s true of director John-Paul McCrohon’s production for South Downe Musical Society at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.

When the production is strong, it’s very strong.

Its weakness lies principally in uncertainty and – perhaps – a lack of finance.

The cast often is not certain on words and comes in too soon or too late.

So – where is it strong?

Firstly, I give you Samantha Kelly. As Eva she storms those numbers with a mighty voice. Strength also lies in the able vocals of Steve Reading’s Che and Danny Owen’s charismatic Perón. Matt Sackman and Rebecca North are great cameos, too.

And, once again, Alan Pring’s band underpin it all.