‘Convincing, engaging & committed performances all-round’: THE SANDMAN – Southwark Playhouse

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Southwark Playhouse, London – until 29 June 2019

Nightmares and reality begin to blur as Nat, a talented fashion designer, is stalked by the figure of the Sandman, a character from her childhood mysteriously connected to her parent’s death… A show with a powerful message about the state of the world for young people today, and which sticks up its middle-finger to those who’s ever said that anyone has to suffer for their art.

Created in partnership with the BRIT School’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company, The Sandman is a brand new musical thriller written by Harry Blake and directed by Jennifer Fletcher, loosely based on the short story by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The company offers recent graduates the skills and experience to transition into the theatre industry, in works exploring issues at the centre of young people’s lives:  sex, mental health, trauma and fierce fashion.

This show is about giving the performers the chance to shine, and shine they really did. Convincing, engaging and committed performances from them all. Yes it isn’t flawless vocally, but entirely forgivable because every note is imbued with feeling. The ensemble shows that they truly can deliver something spectacular in their final, moving, close harmony number, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’.

This quality of production is heightened by the other talented creatives involved. Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen and lighting designer Ben Pickersgill have created an atmospheric, flexible and gorgeous minimal set, with see-through walls offering an astounding variety of scenes in what’s really a quite an awkward theatre space. The choreography (from Fletcher) is highly effective and ultimately fearless given the size of the cast relative to the size of the stage.

Going to see this is more than just the chance to see some young superstars in the making. It’s a great show, with a powerful message and some gripping acting performances (and a tap dance).

The Sandman [Image: Helen Murray]The Sandman runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 29 June (in rep with What Was Left) Tickets

Cast:

Marie Beall

Oliver Cartwright

Jimmy Chambers

Ruby Dollner

Callum Edwards-Manning

Harrison Fennell

Brady Isaacs

Kira McGovern

Meg McGrady

Holly Mowatt

Leah Musisi

Matthew Paraskevas

Lauren Price

Jessica Thompson

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.

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