November 19th 2016

The Mikado, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 28th May 2016

The Mikado

This is the reason I had to leave Montrose Music Festival early- there were too many good things going on that weekend!

Going to the Opera has been an item sitting on my bucket list for a long time. I received an email about Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado coming to Aberdeen so I thought I’d take the opportunity to head to the theatre.

If you haven’t heard of The Mikado, it’s a comic opera, sung in English. If you want a full summary, click here.

I genuinely didn’t expect to laugh so much at an opera, but I thoroughly enjoyed it (Richard Suart as Ko-Ko & Andrew Shore as Pooh-Bah stole the show). It was also great to hear a live orchestra too. Somehow, even Donald Trump got a mention.

Definitely not my last visit to the opera!

November 19th 2016

Annie, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 14th May 2016

Annie

Annie was another musical I’d wanted to see for a while (even though I’ve never seen the film….I’m sure we all know some of the songs from it though). I bought my ticket last minute (as I wasn’t sure what I was doing that weekend) and still managed to secure a single seat in the 3rd row- the benefits of seeing shows alone!

I’m not going to summarise the plot- most people know the story of Little Orphan Annie.

I thought the kids in the cast were amazing- so much energy for the entire show, well acted. I was also pleasantly surprised by Elaine C. Smith- I’m used to seeing her as a comedian, but she was a fantastic Miss Hannigan. Excellent performance!

November 19th 2016

Swan Lake, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 30th April 2016

Swan Lake

This was my second time at the ballet- I love Tchaikovsky’s score for Swan Lake.

This production of Swan Lake was produced by Scottish Opera. As it turned out, it was a stripped back show, and more contemporary. Personally, I found it to be a rather odd production. There were no fancy costumes- most were plain, one block of colour. It was also difficult to establish characters too- I know the basic story of the ballet, and I’m sure characters were removed.

On the plus side, the dancers were great and it was *incredible* to hear the score being played by a live orchestra (that was my favourite part).

Overall, I thought it was a lacklustre show, and those comments were echoed by audience members around me as I was leaving.

November 19th 2016

Guys and Dolls, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 9th April 2016

Guys and Dolls

I bought a ticket for this rather last minute as I needed something to do on a Saturday afternoon. Basic premise of the show: a Salvation Army member tries to save the souls of some New York based gamblers. This particular version had some big names in it (West End transfer): Louise Dearman, Richard Fleeshman and Maxwell Caulfield.

Jack Edwards as Nicely-Nicely Johnson stole the show in his rendition of “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat”.

Whilst it was a good show, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as others I’ve seen. Nothing to do with the cast at all- they were amazing. It just felt as though something was missing.

November 5th 2016

Avenue Q, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 2nd April 2016

Avenue Q

Avenue Q last came to Aberdeen a few years ago (~2011). Since I was a poor student, I couldn’t afford to see it. It’s often performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival too, later on in the evening, and finishes well after the last train home departs. Finally got to see it this year!

So, what’s the story? Well, it’s about the life of a Graduate, fresh out of College, with a BA in English. Of course it’s set in Alphabet City, NYC.

If you’re unaware, the show is like Sesame Street (puppets included) however, it discusses very different themes (read: not suitable for children or people who are easily offended). There is plenty of humour, and it’s an interesting commentary on life in the 21st century. With the puppets, you can clearly see the humans operating them, which is odd for approx 2 mins- after that, you stop noticing the person and focus on the puppet.

This particular show was performed by Sell-A-Door Productions. I don’t know if this was a particular feature pertaining to this production but, during one of the numbers towards the end when they are raising money for a Monster School, the cast came into the audience to raise money. This money actually goes towards very real UK-based children’s charities, which I thought was a nice touch.

A great show, catchy tunes (bought the soundtrack when I got home). I think the Bad Idea Bears were my favourite characters. YAY!