Audience Review - The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Audience Member Carmel Hogan is back again with another fantastic review, this time for 'The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly' by Theatre Lovett.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
On 28th February 2015, I had the pleasure of bringing my daughter and two granddaughters (aged 5 and 7) to The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly.
It was a delightful and highly innovative show. Louis Lovett who perform this one man show, engaged beautifully with the children AND adults in the audience. He entranced and captivated us all. We were totally with him in his journey as Peggy O’Hegarty. There was even panto-like enthusiasm in the responses to the various questions s/he asked. The serial repetition of sequences – such as breakfast – was perfect as it led the children to predict what would come next and be charmed when they were correct or tickled when they were not. The story line shows humour, pathos, tragedy and in the end, the overcoming of huge challenges. Just the kind of narrative to appeal to children. And we adults loved it too.
The set was clever and the way it was incrementally revealed added to its magic. How something so innately simple could have such a sophisticated impact is still a wonder to me. Each piece fitted beautifully into the next and as it changed, we all moved from being with Peggy at home to the van to the deserted city, to the floundering ship with ease. The use of red lighting for the “bloody” scene was pure genius and highly effective.
The show is beautifully written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and from start to finish a success. It engaged our two little ladies to the degree that although the elder child was evidently brewing something, she wouldn’t miss a moment. Once we left the theatre, it was clear she was unwell and she spent the rest of the weekend in bed. However, she hung on valiantly till the very end before she expressed any distress.
Once again, a big Thank You to Draiocht for presenting this wonderful show and to all those involved for the super production.
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