Cabaret, West Acre

The professionalism of the annual summer season at West Acre Open Theatre faced its sternest test when incessant rain borne on a strong wind threatened the opening night production of Cabaret.

By ALISON CROOSE

The professionalism of the annual summer season at West Acre Open Theatre faced its sternest test when incessant rain borne on a strong wind threatened the opening night production of Cabaret.

After a delayed start the performance went ahead. It was a brave decision and the cast showed its mettle, determined that the show must go on.

Despite the soaking conditions the audience – fortunately huddled under cover – demonstrated equal stoicism and was rewarded with superb entertainment.

The play with music was a new challenge for the company, and all credit to director Andy Naylor for an imaginative and thought-provoking production.

Throughout the performance, which never lost pace, the MC (David Connor) sustained a chilling presence and his musical collaboration with the talented team of Kit Kat Klub dancers created an authentic image of pre-war Berlin night life.

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Sarah Krill as Sally Bowles and Simon Wakefield as Cliff Bradshaw gave sympathetic and creditable performances, with strong support from Ed Willatt, Lesley Mardle and Bob Ledger. But every single member of the cast made a telling contribution.

This show will undoubtedly have even greater impact in more clement weather conditions. Lucky the audiences who see it then.

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