Review: Return to the Forbidden Planet
Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle
This show can be summed up in one word – fun.
The exuberant young cast were so polished, remembering all the (quite difficult) Shakespearean-type dialogue, as well as all the wonderful old rock songs and various dance routines.
All played their roles well but standing out was a very confident performance by the excellent Tom Dobbins as Dr Prospero, a charming Ellisha Green as the robot Ariel and the scene-stealing Sam Kenyon as Cookie.
Jake Calcutt (Capt. Tempest) appeared somewhat nervous at the start, but he improved greatly by the second half.
This quirky tribute to the Bard’s Tempest, with regular parodies of famous lines, is jam-packed with songs which brought back memories of my rock ‘n’ roll days.
There were Good Vibration, Great Balls of Fire, Born to be Wild and many more but the highlight for me, was Sam’s interpretation of Ain’t Gonna Wash for a Week.
Many congratulations to Molly Parmenter for her often innovative choreography, to Russell Painter for his superb musical direction, also leading the music on keyboard and Jill Parmenter for the clever direction.