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Picnic at Hanging Rock - Norfolk Youth Music Theatre

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Is it true? Certainly this lively group gave a great deal of credence to this East Anglian premiere of the musical version of the novel and later film, of the disappearance of a trio of school girls and their teacher at an Australian landmark and supposedly sacred spot known as The Rocks.

Such is the standard of acting, singing and dancing by the young cast, aged between 10 and 19, it would be totally invidious to single any out. Suffice to say that without exception they really do not put a foot, note or action wrong.

Norfolk Youth Music Theatre's Adrian Cornell's artistic direction aligned to Robert John's adaptation created by Bob Thomson with Brian Spence's music is a most convincing fusion with slick scene changing. There is always impressive singing from the lovely “gels” but it is better when amplified in the solos and speech delivery could be projected more and a little slower.

The dark romance and supernatural mystery of the production is continually portrayed and the disappearance takes its toll.

Article was found at EDP24 and published on 31 October 2008, writen by Micheal Drake.

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