Twas a busy weekend in ye olde Devizes town, no matter what your cup of tea. The Full Tone Orchestra held tribute to Bernstein and Gershwin, Bouncers looks great at The Wharf Theatre too and a plethora of homegrown musicians battled in friendly manner for a place at the Saddleback Festival over in the Sports Club.
But if there was an earthquake Saturday afternoon, all at Devizes School were oblivious, we only heard the sound of Madness music intertwined with a heart-breaking tale of romance and the consequences of life’s choices, for it was the matinee of Our House and boy, did MACS Theatre School really bring our house down.
An intriguing plot with a twist, Our House tracked the path of a young man caught in tough decisions which played out two conflicting timelines, presenting maybe the path you consider correct is not necessarily the right choice. Played brilliantly by Franky Holdsworth as protagonist Joe Casey, and Rosie Boother as his love, Sarah, alternating the roles with John Cook and Lauren Maslen Stevens for other showtimes.
Enlightening the stage with amusing and genuine supporting roles was the of dopey Emmo, played with refined comical expression by Harvey Schorah, the sidekick of anxious Lewis, by the wonderful Joe McMillian and the convincing promiscuous girls, Angie and Billie, by talented couple, Kizzy Wylie and Imogen Kelly, also changing shows with Charlotte Bennett and Verity Shah respectively. Credit also has to be awarded to Maia Burgess for the downright criminal Reecey.
Other roles, the dancers and particularly the band who executed the music of Madness to the notch of professional tribute band, and of course the director Stuart MacFarlane and assistant and main choreographer Emily Marsh. Together this team’s superb performance is proving MAC’s Theatre School is refining local drama and putting Devizes on the map. I only wait with baited breath as to what they’ll do next.
Do remember though, Macs is open to new budding actors and actresses, from ages five to twenty-one and there’s Mini-Macs for five to ten year-olds.