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Aspects of Love - Theatre 2000, Regent Centre, Christchurch: Review

By mbarber  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

Sarah Bayliss as Rose in Aspects of Love

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It wasn't a show that I was at all familiar with and I was surprised to find that there was no dialogue at all - it was more opera than musical comedy.

The familiar theme of ‘Love Changes Everything’ pops up several times and I did recognise a couple of the other songs but everything was sung, which makes for some rather banal lyrics at times.

One piece sticks in my mind as something like ‘I must be off now’ -maybe it sounds better in Italian. There were some great performances from the female leads Sarah Bayliss (Rose) and Rosie Arnold (Giulietta) and Julian Smith (George) just oozed competence and confidence. The other men were just very young, which was a bit puzzling; Alex is supposed to be only 17 at the start, but he (Oliver Slee) probably is 17 and he stayed 17 throughout and Hugo (Charlie Woodford) was even younger (or looked it). Anyway it was a challenging show for an amateur society to do and I think they generally did it well.

There were a few opening night glitches with the lights and the microphones and the curtains - but they will probably be sorted by today. Good performances from the band, nice bit of choreography for the chorus at the funeral, well worth £14.50.

It runs until Saturday.

Submitted by K D Johnson

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