Why Should We Grow Up?

Forever In  Blue Jeans

Theatre Severn

4/11/12/

A full auditorium waited patiently as the closed curtains at Theatre Severn simply shone the legend, “Forever in Blue Jeans.” Average age was around about fifty-something. This was a nostalgia audience waiting for a nostalgia show.

And it started. With a back line of Keys, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums and a front line of two men and two girl vocalists the show got underway with all the classic hits from Connie Francis to Elvis Presley and through the Motown sound.

One usually finds in these shows, that such little of the theatre’s available technology is used and the stage looks a bit bare and unused as a result. There is always the potential for great lighting effects but this type of event always chooses not to go that way, As a consequence the lighting was dull and the stage  looked very large and our heroes beavering away on their instruments looked  very lost in the middle.

The show was devised well and ran seamlessly from song to song. Every song had a dance and sadly some of the singers weren’t great dancers and over anticipated their dance steps a little early and then alternatively a little late.

This was cruise ship entertainment of maybe a Red Coat show from Butlin’s. This wasn’t a show for the main stage of the county’s number one theatre; this was more for the holiday clubs, larger pubs and cruise ships. This was nothing to do with their abilities, there was no shortage of talent and the singing was superb but one felt that maybe it was just in the wrong place.

The lack of lighting effects and the bare stage  suggested that maybe the show might not be used to spaces as large as they were now playing. Consequently that would made technical specifics difficult for the tour organisers as each space would be different. Shame that, a trick was lost.

The audience was a large one the auditorium and circles had no spare seats so nostalgia sure sells. I am sure no one was disappointed as all the classics kept pouring out , fast and done well. It was just that overall something that was lacking. Could there have been curtains behind the band, could they have included the use of follow spot? Could they have done a few things that would have made their show a little better?

One could argue yes they could. But from the applause they were receiving I don’t think anyone was disappointed as they were soothed by nostalgia of a day where all the pain had been forgotten and just the happy memories remain. People were smiling widely.

 

From the audience reactions I see that my review is merely a technical one and it seems the show hit its target and as people left humming and singing and whistling. I realised the truth we are the generation who will be, “Forever In Blue Jeans.”

 

This is a three star review.
 

Owen Lewis

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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