Pollyanna - One4Review
I must confess I have no idea who Eleanor Porter was or her Pollyanna character which inspires this show. But as an audience member going to see a show I shoudn’t have to. So it takes a while to adjust to the whole scenario, especially when you have background ensemble/stage crew who look like a cross between Black and White Minstrels and the Oompa Loompas. And then strange ‘creatures’ come in and talk very quietly and sing even quieter under the too-loud music… and so it goes on.
The general story is a run-of-the-mill one about an orphaned girl causing problems… I must say that the girl playing said girl (Pollyanna) is adorable and a wee star. She carries the show, being the only person with energy. But the whole show suffers from bad diction, bad direction (some good ideas but please cut the silly walks) and the vicar in particular is quite incomprehensible.
The music is bland and not a harmony in sight, even for the finale!
A strange show and too long – it has to be said, the company would have been better doing Annie, even though it’s a show done to death… sorry!
Review by Alan.
Until 26th August.