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Review: Whistle Down The Wind @ Lichfield Garrick

Whistle Down the Wind is a musical with only a couple of really memorable songs – but this production will long be remembered for the stunning performances of those taking part.

From the youngest child to the most seasoned performer, the company more than did justice to this poignant story.

The orchestra was first rate, the set changes were slick and the lighting was simply incredible.

Eoin Edwards as the man with some of the children. Picture: Robert Yardley

Eoin Edwards as the man with some of the children. Picture: Robert Yardley

This was a fabulous show which took the audience through the whole gamut of emotions from laughter to tears.

Four people led the principal line-up. The children: Helen Kitteridge as Swallow – an incredibly believable interpretation; Emma Charnock as Brat – definitely one to watch for the future, and Lewis McLaren as Poor Baby – a solid performance which brought us some much-needed laughter.

And Eoin Edwards as The Man – an extremely powerful portrayal of the convict the children thought was Jesus.

Other principals included Michael Manser – a forceful Amos and Charlotte Middleton as the thwarted girlfriend, Candy. And it was good to see Tim Berriman bringing his dulcet tones out of the chorus to play the father.

All of the children were fantastic in this show – and there were a lot of them! They obviously worked extremely hard under the direction of Julie Mallaband and MD Oliver Rowe.

Quite often, musical companies don’t necessarily attract the best actors – this production had them in spades. From the principals to the wonderful chorus it was just incredible.

I saw this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman show not long after it opened in the West End . I can’t say I remember too much about it, but I’ll certainly remember Lichfield Operatic’s production – a real pleasure to watch.

Look forward to their next production, The Scarlet Pimpernel, next year.

Whistle Down the Wind runs until Saturday at the Lichfield Garrick. Get tickets if you can: 01543 412121 or online www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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