Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: The White Feather at the Union Theatre

The White Feather 
The Union Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 18th September 2015

Set during the First World War, in new British musical The White Feather we meet innocent Harry who, despite being a little too young, heads off to war. After suffering from shell shock, Harry is executed for cowardice. The spotlight is then shone on his sister, Georgina, who is determined to keep her head held high. 

Although The White Feather features some moving scenes, it takes a long time to find its feet. The show feels a little all over the place and struggles to establish its style and direction for quite some time. Featuring some interesting musical influences - primarily folk - the score is gentle. Whilst the sound is nice, The White Feather lacks a strong sense of identity and a defining number to take it to the next level. There are some strong moments from the company, although inappropriate age casting occasionally detracts from the overall dynamic

Written by Ross Clark, Martin Costlett, Matthew Strachan, Jennifer Bakst, Andrew Keates (who also directed the production) and Dustin Conrad (musical director), if The White Feather is to progress further I think an entirely fresh pair of eyes needs to be brought in. Somewhere, tangled within the material, is a good musical waiting to be reshaped and discovered. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

The White Feather runs at the Union Theatre until Saturday 17th October 2015.
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Photo Credit: Scott Rylander

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