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Review of Café Crescendo - The Early Show by R&D Youth Theatre at Royal & Derngate (Underground), Northampton

I officially love leaning on a table while watching a play being performed. That is my conclusion of spending Sunday afternoon watching two youth theatre shows.

It helped of course that the shows in particular were of the most glorious and inventive variety, the first of which was performed by the specific Youth Theatre group (the younger stars in this case) and featured more than a hint of the Scooby Doo about it. Deprived of a dog, we had a band of five led by Shannon "Shamrock" played by Crystal Reilly with more than a hint of nastiness about her. Well a lot of nasty to be honest and her whipping boy mostly was poor old Cameron played with wonderful charm by Alfie Sanders.

This being a musical we were of course treated to a lot of wonderful little numbers, all excellently performed. The best of which had to be the solo ghostly performance of My House. This was the most wonderful of pieces delivered gorgeously by the young star whose name alas eludes me. Just perfect though and you know who you are.

Another lovely ensemble number was the recurring This Is A Ghost Story, a catchy little number which had some lovely little choreography with it. While mentioning this, this work by Helen Parlor was wonderful to see, it felt balanced just right to be a challenge while not being too complicated, therefore allowing the young performers to be confident with it.

Writer Christopher Elmer-Gorry has created a lovely little inventive piece and this coupled with co-director Trudy A Bell and the work of musical director James Clements and musician Joby Morris it all becomes a wonderfully entertaining show. Atmospheric, fun and full of talented young stars and the set of tables and chairs created the perfect layout for this very different theatre experience.



Performance reviewed: Sunday 25th May, 2015 (second show) at the Royal & Derngate (Underground), Northampton.

Café Crescendo was performed by the R&D Youth Theatre at the Royal & Derngate between Friday 22nd May and Sunday 24th May, 2015.

For further details about the Royal & Derngate visit their website at http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/

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