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December 3, 2013

WELL the faiQueens Alison Thea-Skot and Sam Kordbachehry dust has probably settled by now, but the magic of theatre means it happens all over again each night.

According to Nicholas Pegg’s script, Dick Whittington came from Hornchurch, so what better place to put on his story than the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane.

I wrote the review published in the early hours of Monday night while still full of the experience, and 24 hours later, it is still bubbling.

Dick Whittington by the theatre’s professional company, Cut to the Chase, really was an experience with the added value of ‘spectacular’ added to the spell.

It was one of the more memorable events at the Billet Lane theatre, but I should qualify that by saying ‘one of the many memorable events.

There is often talk of the magic of theatre when the lights go down and you are transported to that place where life has no ripples or distractions, only  total absorption in what is going on in front of you.

Dick Whittington was just such an event, and a tribute to all concerned with bringing it to the stage.

Though there were many inspiring moments, I picked out Sam Kordbacheh’s interpretation of Tommy the Cat.

Yes, he is an actor, but his interpretation and performance of his role were superb.

It was continuous and flowing and in simple terms, was a cat, behaving with all the grace and presence of a majestic feline.

The other inspired performance was from the theatre, ‘Apprentice’ Sam Ward-Smith as King Rat. It was not Sam’s first performance, but his transgression from amateur community actor, to confident and commanding professional which was worth the trip alone.

Sarah Scowen played Alice Fitzwarren, and brought her bright bubbly personality to the role with her illuminating smile that lit up the entire auditorium.

The Queen’s is very much a community within a community and caters for  young and old alike, be they in front or behind the curtain.

A fine example was the inclusion of 24 young people, many of whom are members of the theatre’s youth groups.

Split into three teams alternating with each other, the enthusiasm generated by the professional staff was palpable and added so much to the overall production.

The press night featured the Green Team of Harleigh Stenning, Tayla Bunting, Josh Gleaves, Amy Hollingsworth, Sid Summers, Finley Jury, Charlee-Lou Borthwick and Hannah Jean-Baptiste, who never stopped smiling.

A really good full stop to the end of the year and preparation for the festive season.

Dick Whittington runs until Saturday January 11 with tickets still available from the box office on 01708 443333

My first review: Cheers as King Rat trashed by Puss and Big Snake is on this site.

Simon Jessop and Elliot Harper

Pictures by Nobby Clark show Alison Thea-Skot and Sam Kordbacheh as Dick and Tommy and Elliot Harper and Simon Jessop as Idle Jack and Sarah the Cook

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