Review: Radio Times, Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot
It was animal magic at the Princess Royal Theatre as the Briton Ferry Musical Theatre Company presented the Welsh amateur premiere of the feel-good wartime musical Radio Times.
Directed by Barry E McIlroy with musical direction from Lynne Powell, this tale of a radio variety show that defies the odds, and the blitz outside, to broadcast live to America from the Criterion Theatre, London, is a comic trip down memory lane during which the cast laugh, sing and dance their way through two hours of good natured, timeless tunes.
Being a show within a show, the audience, in a way, become a part of the production, and we get the chance to tag along as the lively Stuart Broad brings smooth-talking variety hero Sammy Shaw to life, along with the excellent Phil Rice as his sidekick Wilfred Davies.
David Wicks, a last minute replacement, does well as the belligerent, and increasingly funny, Heathcliffe Bultitude, while the tireless Grosvenors bring the whole thing to life with their infectious dancing and singing.
The script sees the variety stars filming their show live from a farm, and it was the rural setting that produced the more memorable moments of the show as the cast imitated our four-legged, or wing-flapping, friends, as they laid eggs like hens, jumped like rabbits, and in true variety style, saw a pair of actors unite into a two-man camel.