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By Jon C.

It would be difficult (or churlish) to fault this production of 'A Number'. Caryl Churchill's play is a lean, fast-paced and thought-provoking portrayal of the consequences of human cloning. The boys, known clinically as B1, B2 and B3, search for their identities, unsure how 'unique' it is possible for them to be. Ironically, they exhibit very different personalities, with the 'original' becoming alienated and aggressive - he kills one of his clone brothers (the one we get to know and like the most) before killing himself. The other clone we meet (there are 20 in all) is the dullest of the bunch - well, he is a maths teacher! - who even thinks the whole experiment is fun. The brothers are played by a single actor, Pip Nixon, who must convey the brothers' very different personality types - philosophical, threatening and bland. Michael Hughes, meanwhile, has the difficult job of expressing the wide range of emotions inherent in his role as Salter, the father - by turns bullish, hectoring, affectionate, vulnerable, angry, perplexed and tragically bereft. The great strength of the production is that both actors present such a kaleidoscope of character and emotion with verve and conviction. Churchill's terse dialogue is matched by Andrew Joshi's spare studio set which allows the audience to focus on the all-important thoughts and feelings. Without the distraction of music and special effects, you can hear the minds thinking. This is theatre of ideas at its best: fluid, fast and provocative.


By Cath M.

We thoroughly enjoyed the production of View From The Bridge--it was both moving and gripping--a thought provoking experience. Well done to all concerned;to actors and team alike---it all added up to a great evening's entertainment. Loved the lighting of the bridge incidentally--added depth and atmosphere Cath and Ian McKelvey


By Ian T.

Being Arthur Miller fans, but never having seen 'A View from the Bridge', we went to the Little Theatre, expecting to enjoy the play but were mindful that it was only an amateur production. Having seen it we would now remove the word 'only'! It was a totally absorbing and professional production and we would certainly make a return visit to this company. Well done all! Sheila and Ian Taylor.


By Ian T.

Being Arthur Miller fans, but never having seen 'A View from the Bridge', we went to the Little Theatre, expecting to enjoy the play but were mindful that it was only an amateur production. Having seen it we would now remove the word 'only'! It was a totally absorbing and professional production and we would certainly make a return visit to this company. Well done all! Sheila and Ian Taylor.


By Mandy C.

My husband and I,together with a friend, recently attended a performance of 'A View From The Bridge'. I feel impelled to write in praise of this powerful and polished production.Amongst all-round strong performances,the two actors who played Eddie and Beatrice excelled.Under tight and extremely skillful direction,the cast maintained good dramatic pace and were able to vividly convey the emotional conflicts ,tensions and complexities of Miller's play .We were all impressed by this high-quality,'professional' performance from an amateur company.LDS seems to have 'raised the bar' and consequently,we look forward to future visits to the Little Theatre.Mandy.


By Chris B.

My wife, daughter and I recently went to see "A view from The bridge". What an excellent production! This was without doubt one of the best performances we have seen in a long while and easily ranked with many professional productions we have attended. The setting, lighting and sound were all very well done and conveyed the rawness and atmosphere of the various scenes. The cast all performed well with the lead characters all holding the attention of the audience and moving the story along at a fast and enthralling pace. The audience young and old demonstrated their appreciation of the play at the end - although the youngsters were far more noisy! It is not often that a piece of live theatre holds the attention of large groups of young people in this way and has them cheering at the end! All credit to the director Bryan Stanion and all the cast and crew - well done all. Chris Batty.


By Karen O.

I recently saw 'A View from the Bridge' at Little Theatre. This was theatre at its best and indeed better than many 'professional' productions that I endured when I lived and worked in London. A classic presents specific challenges particularly if an audience has seen previous productions of a play. Little Theatre's performance was stamped with its own breath-taking interpretation of Miller. There was obvious design cohesion so that the costumes, set, sound and lighting worked together to create the perfect foil for the excellent performance by the cast. It was heartening to be surrounded by so many young people in the audience - their behaviour was exemplary and they cheered at the end. I hope there will be productions of the same high standard in the future. K. M. Osborne, Leicester


By Paul I.

Theatre isn't normally my thing but last night (19/1/2011) I went to see Moonlight & Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson at the Little Theatre. Where to start? I was amazed by how professional the whole production was given this is an amateur theatre. We knew a little about the play before hand but a quick read through the excellent programme (£1.50 - was that right? To cheap?) told us all we needed to know. A seamless production from start to finish with truely brilliant acting from all four of the cast. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening and for only £11.40 a ticket each - a real bargain given the cost of theatre elsewhere. Highly recommended. I might even watch Gone with the Wind as result...


By Richard P.

Sorry that StarBar did not enjoy Alan Aykbourn’s Absent Friends but suggest this is down to personal preference. The play was a sell out and the cast, set and costumes received many compliments. The success of the varied programme and value for money at The Little Theatre is demonstrated by the fact that 40% of seats are booked as season tickets for the whole year and many performances are sold out – the recent traditional Pantomime was sold out weeks ahead. So StarBar, do try us again. Marketing Team, The Little Theatre.


By Dan S.

Saw Absent Friends this evening - or, strictly, half of Absent Friends. After a turgid, lack-lustre first half, it was time to quaff the interval drink and leave. Never left a performance before, but getting home to fill the dishwasher seemed a more attractive proposition than staying for the second half. The play needs a make-over by moving it out of the 70s and into the 10s. Gotta go - I forgot to turn the dishwasher on.