Curtain Call Reviews & Awards

REVIEW: Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs   Southern Daily Echo – 2nd December 2016

WALT Disney collided head-on with the Wild West in SADS’ thoroughly enjoyable take on the premise of the well-known Snow White/Wicked Stepmother story set deep in High Noon territory, complete with a gun-toting Prince Charming, a Red Indian who spoke in rhyming couplets, an embarrassingly flatulent pantomime horse, and all the Brexit/Trump/Honey G gags you could wish for.

On Martin Letts’ attractively painted set, Annie Dillon’s sweet Snow White was finally wooed by Ben Pharoah’s slickly dressed gun-toting Marshall Vince Charming, having escaped from the clutches of Wicked Widow Blackheart (Brenda Lambert) with the help of seven unlikely-named Dwarfs (working ‘Mine to Five’ – geddit ?).

A most entertaining double act between Danny Jeffs’ Silly Billy the Kid and Roger Minors’ Nanny Oakley was the highlight of the evening, the former maintaining an impressively authentic southern drawl throughout, while the music ranged from Hoe-Down and Can-Can to Bryan Adams and The Blues Brothers.


Ed Howson.

Curtain Call Awards:

Our recent play “A Tomb with a View” was reviewed by Southampton Evening Echo under their “Curtain Call Awards 2014” Competition. The review is shown in full below:

A Tomb with a View – Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society – Swanmore Village Hall
The sinister dysfunctional Tomb family awaits the reading of their late patriarch’s will (involving millions of pounds), each eccentric family member having their own twisted reasons for wanting the money. Very rarely venturing into the outside world, they live in the cocoon of their home, Monument House – one wanders round in a toga convinced he is Julius Caesar, another has werewolf tendencies, while a third delights in killing people off with her poisonous brews. it isn’t long before the body count rises….

The directorial influences were evident in good staging and reasonably well-paced comedy, despite a few opening night stumbles. There were very good characterisations on display – Mike Rich as mysterious family solicitor Penworthy, Mike Clay as blustering eldest heir Lucas, Lynda Parker as the manly, ever-hungry sister Emily, who really seemed to head the family, Brenda Lambert as no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs Hammond and Anna Pink as sweet, caring, live-in nurse Anne.

Anne Waggot