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Touched @ The Spring, Havant

Stephen Lowe’s Touched is a curious play… flat on the page, it comes alive on the stage! Lowe’s story of a trio of sisters, their friend and family and the curious time between VE day and the end of the war perfectly highlights the struggles these women had to face, and the freedom they were about to lose! Continue reading

CCADS Present Double Bill!

Following the recent success of their highly acclaimed production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Kings Theatre,  multi award-winning CCADS Theatre return to Hayling’s intimate Station Theatre and Portsmouth’s atmospheric Square Tower with two very different but equally compelling two-person shows – one musical and one play. Continue reading

CCADS Are Kings Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

Portsmouth’s CCADS have long built up a reputation for presenting local premieres of big musicals and intriguing plays, all  in their own distinct style. They’re back with one of the biggest new musicals of the last few years! Continue reading

The Normal Heart @ The Spring, Havant

14424803_10153761757706581_2043317343707674686_oThe Aids epidemic that devastated New York’s gay community in the 80s has been a fertile ground for the arts, inspiring movies, music and notably the theatre. Big hitters like RENT and Angels In America, but long before it became a mainstream subject Larry Kramer’s visceral, semi-autobiographical account of life within the community’s burgeoning activist organisations shed a light on the plight affecting so many. Continue reading

Travels With My Aunt @ The Spring, Havant

tumblr_inline_o4a3okCfpy1rgiv1h_500Travels With My Aunt is a popular choice this year… Since Humdrumannounced this production at The Spring a musical adaptation has been scheduled as part of the new Chichester Festival Theatre season and a touring production will be visiting Winchester. Continue reading

The BFG @ The Spring, Havant

tumblr_inline_nzip7yXl1k1rgiv1h_500The BFG is perhaps the most beloved of Roald Dahl’s brilliantly twisted stories for children (though theatre fans may have fallen for Matilda in recent years). It’s certainly one that people keep coming back to as the forthcoming movie adaptation (starring Mark Rylance – which excites us a great deal) will attest. I’m fascinated to see how Humdrum bring such a big story into the confines of The Spring’s cosy studio theatre. Continue reading

Boston Marriage @ The Spring, Havant

tumblr_inline_nxr8naHDPD1rgiv1h_500A play by David Mamet that pays tribute to Oscar Wilde… sounds like an odd concept, but Boston Marriage manages to blend the best of both writers, Mamet’s snappy dialogue married to Wilde’s verbose grandeur! Continue reading

Arsenic & Old Lace @ The Spring, Havant

tumblr_inline_nzip7yXl1k1rgiv1h_500How do you approach a play when the film based on it is steeped in generations of lavish praise and is a regular on “favourite” and “best” lists? Well, if Humdrum’s take on Arsenic & Old Lace is anything to go by the answer is to pepper your cast with people who’ve never seen the movie and then let their imaginations run wild. Continue reading

Cider With Rosie @ The Spring, Havant

tumblr_inline_nqldqg45vl1rgiv1h_500Cider with Rosie is one of those plays… you know, the ones you’ve definitely heard of and you think you know a bit about but that you’ve somehow never seen. Determined to rectify that I was in buoyant mood as I arrived at theSpring Arts & Heritage Centre for Humdrum’s take on Laurie Lee’s life story. Continue reading

Birdsong @ The Kings Theatre

I must preface this review with an admission. I’ve been involved with CCADS since 1994, performing in shows with many of the people in this production. If I’m honest this probably leads me to be too harsh, rather than to overly sing the praises of those who deserve it…
Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong is widely regarded as a modern classic, first published in 1993 and already on the curriculum for schoolchildren. The themes of love and loss are ones we can all relate to and have led to the book being adapted for radio, television and the stage. Continue reading

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