Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Review: Duncton Wood at the Union Theatre

Duncton Wood
Union Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 30th May 2015

Adapted from William Horwood's novel, new fantasy musical Duncton Wood entices and intrigues with a stunning production helmed by Michael Strassen.

Whilst there is still work to be done, Duncton Wood shows some promising signs and is a refreshing change from other new musicals to have premiered in recent years.

The piece sees Bracken and Rebecca fighting to be together as all sorts of problems get in their way - some of which are, perhaps, a little questionable. On occasion it feels like there is far too much going on; however, the talented cast keep the enchanting world alive and buzzing.

Despite Mark Carroll's score including some beautifully tender moments, the only song to stand out was Josh Little's act one belter, which he triumphantly performs with conviction whilst showcasing impressive vocals.

The score beautifully compliments the atmosphere throughout and when the ensemble performs together the result is hypnotic.

Once again the Union has been transformed, with Jean Gray's design taking the audience to another world. It can be challenging to make fantasy work onstage, but the Union is the perfect home for this unique piece. At present Duncton Wood feels a little drawn out as it continues to find its feet; however, with some more love and care this show really could develop into something special. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Duncton Wood runs at the Union Theatre until 20th June 2015.
Please visit www.uniontheatre.biz for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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