Review: Shhh! deserves round of applause

PUBLISHED: 21:42 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:42 23 May 2013

Shhh! at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Pictures by Pixel Box Uk]

Shhh! at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Pictures by Pixel Box Uk]

Pics. by Pixel Box UK

COMEDIAN, author and playwright Johnny Tait reviews new dance theatre production Shhh! which had its world premiere at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

Shhh! at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Pictures by Pixel Box Uk]Shhh! at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Pictures by Pixel Box Uk]

TO stage a production that has never been seen before and therefore has no track record takes courage.

What if it flops? What if the audience don’t accept it? What if it dies a death?

What if the critics totally pan it? It might be playing to an empty auditorium.

A dance show called Shhh! set in a library, you must be mad. So come on, who has the courage to stage an original piece of work?

Shhh! had its world premiere at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, in Welwyn Garden CityShhh! had its world premiere at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, in Welwyn Garden City

Well the Hawthorne Theatre in conjunction with C-12 Dance Theatre have. And I, and I’m sure the members of the audience that were on their feet applauding ecstatically at end of the production, take our hats off to them for doing so.

The concept of Shhh! came from choreographer Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, and how the world of entertainment needs more people like this creative genius for bringing to us a show that is highly enjoyable and attracted a young audience, with the age of the majority at the production I went to see being in there twenties.

(You see the theatre is there for everybody, not just for old people, age is not relevant).

The show was set to excellent music composed and produced by Jamie Sutherland, with lighting and projection designed by Arnim Friess, and a very cleverly workable set designed by Annie.

Throw into the mix a superb, energetic and highly skilled cast – Raquel Gavira, Brendon Hansford, Miranda Mac Letten, Alicia Pattyson and Shaun Dillon – and we have a passionate story set within a closed down library, but with love, hope and books coming to life, there is a chance that things may turn out all right in the end.

And with the excellent choreography, things turned out better than all right. Those of us that attended the Hawthorne Theatre were witness to a show that is sure to become a phenomenal success.

I cannot applaud everybody involved in the staging of Shhh! enough. It is exactly what we need to encourage people away from the television and into the live theatre.

I wish Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster and producer Adam Towndrow all the best with their 2014 tour, which I am sure will thrill audiences all over the UK and abroad.


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