This was a play that was new to many, unlike the performance of “Mamma Mia!” which was so familiar to everyone. It was a different approach from most musicals. The story was told by a narrator, with the characters coming on stage acting according to the narration. A lot of twists and turns created an entertaining comedy.
The show was a musical, with some good performances, accompanied by a live band. Having live music was enjoyable but at times the music seemed to overpower the dialogue.
Performances by some of the actors were noted during our discussion. These include those playing the roles of Adolpho and the chaperone. Good stage presence was a common comment from many in the group. Of note was the performance by the narrator, who did an excellent job as he plays a recording of the fictional musical, telling the story.
The set was good, simple but effective. And there were some positive comments about the costumes.
An entertaining live performance. This was not a film, but we did provide a rating as around 4/5.
Films watched during the month were:
“The Last Daughter” which was found thought provoking but left some unanswered questions. Rated as 3.5/5.
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” which started slowly, but did involve a long walk, so this was appropriate. Overall enjoyable and rated as 4/5.
“The Book Club: The Next Chapter” a piece of whimsical and frivolous entertainment with a feel-good ending. It was also a great travelogue, being set in Italy. Rated as 3/5
Our film for discussion at our next class on 8 August is “Sweet As”. And as usual, we will discuss any other films watched by members of the class.
NOTE: The film class will move to the U3A room from August