Saturday, October 30, 2010
Fame at UCH Limerick
The characters playing Romeo and Julliet were very charming and gave nicely understated performances. The strength of the production was in the energetic ensemble
dance routines. I loved the flamenco routine in the second act. The on stage characters /instrumentalists sax, flute and drums were impressive but how very frustrating not to be able to see the band, even obliquely. I had to content myself with turning around occasionally to see the MD (who I assume was David Hayes) on the monitor at the rear of the theatre. The band sounded great , a good range of colour, nice brass timbre and not overamplified. The voices in the chorus numbers however were very shrill and in the sections where you had several voices in conversation, I could not tune in to the individual voices. In the second half, I sat further back and the sound I thought was better. The house was reasonable with full front stalls and director Brian Flynn and his large cast deserved their standing ovation.