Review: Spring Awakening, The Spring Arts Centre, Havant

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Miss Saigon

REVIEW: Miss Saigon – a compelling and gripping production

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Rootless Tree Productions is certainly one to watch if its first production, Spring Awakening, is anything to go by.

The brand new amateur dramatics group put on a fantastic show with the controversial rock musical.

The show tackles some highly contentious topics such as abortion, homosexuality, domestic violence and rape – yet the team performed this with extreme maturity and professionalism.

Director and choreographer Gary Lee Dixon shone as the tragic Moritz. He demonstrated great acting and vocal talent throughout, particularly in Don’t Do Sadness in which he showed off his impressive falsetto.

In a show that is certainly not for the faint-hearted, there were also several humorous moments; Sean Ridley and Jack Warren really had the audience laughing in the seduction scene.

The company shone in the final number, The Song of Purple Summer, with their tight harmonies.

Some sound problems with interference in the first half and a combination of space restrictions and thus a lack of props were the only negatives.

A company of such calibre deserves to be on a bigger stage with more room to manoeuvre. Judging by the reception, they soon will.