Cats review

Cats review

Evening Post, 14 April 2014

Review: Cats, Pontardawe Arts Centre
Cats

Review: Cats, Pontardawe Arts Centre
Cats

Pontardawe Arts Centre

As the glowing cat-faced moon smiled down upon the Pontardawe stage, a never-ending stream of feisty felines emerged from the darkness to perform Class Act Theatre Productions’ splendid youth group production of Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite Cats.

Directed by Jill Williams, with musical direction from Bethan Marks, the musical interpretation of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was presented by an army of budding young stars from the local area, with boys and girls from Pontardawe and Neath taking the roles as the street cats.

Like a pack of multi-coloured Edward Scissorhand lookalikes, they’d donned their leotards, painted their faces, spiked up their hair and attached their claws in order to prowl the theatre – both on and off the stage.

In fact, it is this off-stage interaction, which is something of a trademark for the local youth group, which adds an extra layer of fun to proceedings, with those sitting in the front rows having their ears scratched and popcorn stolen, and even those hiding in the upper circle getting similar treatment.

There were some notable performances from the lead characters, including Elie Beaumont Wood as Grizabella, the fallen glamour cat familiar for signing the oft-repeated chart hit Memory, Lywis Cowles as the magical Mr Mistoffelees and Ashley Rodgers as a frisky Rum Tum Tugger.

And as was evident from the roaring applause at the finale, this was a performance that all involved could be proud of.

Mark Rees



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