It was most apparent in the Fat Sam's Grand Slam scene, which became a greater hive of activity, with a full dance routine taking place, which unfortunately hadn't happened the previous night. Leading this scene was a full-on performance from Morgan Charles as Tullulah, exhibiting the vocal talent, and most especially the dance skills she had shown in last years Fame.
In the lead for this second company, and taking a much different approach to the role, was Nathan Stroud. Here we had a more mature Bugsy, not just in age, but in personality. The slightly more serious style worked excellently alongside a sterner and sombre portrayal (at first) of Blousey from Mia Rista. She allowed the character to evolve gradually, and by the time we were at the lovely swing scene (nicely created from the flights), Blousey was a much different character, and playing off the more clowning now, hot dog eating Bugsy very nicely, this relationship was completed at this point in a very believable way.
There were talented little performances from two young ladies as Livvy Finney as Fizzy gave a sweet, gorgeous little show of Tonight, and then later a much more boisterous and showy turn from Roxy Raggio as Lena, in her front of curtain song, Show Business. Both showing an immense amount of confidence. Elsewhere hiding in the ensemble, Alfie Sanders was a highlight, oozing
Once again this company provided great entertainment via this favourite show with youth groups, and devoid of the few unfortunate incidents that bogged down the previous evening, made you appreciate the show a great deal more. Well worth catching either company if you are able to make it before it closes on Sunday.
Performance reviewed: Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Clyde Company) at Royal & Derngate (Royal), Northampton.
Bugsy Malone runs at the Royal & Derngate until Sunday 15th July 2018.
For further details visit the Royal & Derngate website at http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/
Photos: Graeme Braidwood