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Friday, 27 February 2015

Review: Donna Disco at Newcastle Live Theatre



Dancing With A Whoosh

Donna Disco
Newcastle Live Theatre
Until 28th February 2015 and then on tour

Written by Lee Mattinson
Directed by Laura Lindow
Performed by Paula Penman

The lively packed Friday night Live Theatre crowd were in for a treat in Chicken Pox Fox’s latest production. Each member of the audience was offered a party popper and a large pair of glasses to wear during the show. This immediate interaction sets the show apart from the rest.

Donna is not the most popular member of her class but the 14 year old sees the positives in the world. This attitude helps the audience feel empathy for the character as she reveals her obsession with her neighbour Stuart. Donna is loyal to her father and her Gran, though she doesn’t fully understand her Mother. She loves alphabetti spaghetti and cream crackers between drinking plenty of sugary drinks.

Donna is given the opportunity to present her school project at the Christmas Pageant.  She interviews Stuart and finds out about someone with a different lifestyle to her. The project has the aim to find out how to make a dance go whoosh too and it helps that Stuart loves The Carpenters a much as she does.

It is clear that she is accepting of an unacceptable situation at school. To that end the play uses the fourteen year old eyes to show how our most vulnerable children can fail to get the support that they need. Paula Penman does a superb job as Donna. She is engaging and delightful in equal measure. From the first entry onstage, the brief puppetry interludes through to final enlightenment Paula had the audience captivated.

Donna Disco is a charming play, centred around a powerful performance by Paula Penman, which enraptures the audience in its celebration of the human condition.

This review was written by Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com ). Follow Jo on twitter @jowheretogo, Stephen @panic_c_button or like Jowheretogo on Facebook www.facebook.com/Jowheretogo

The show was originally previewed here: JoWhereToGo Preview

Links
Web                    www.chickenpoxfox.com
Twitter                 https://twitter.com/chickenpoxfox 
Facebook          www.facebook.com/chickenpoxfox
 
On Tour:

February
26th-28th @ 7.30pm  Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne – 0191 232 1232 / bookonline
March
4th @ 7.30pm The Place Theatre, Bedford – 01234 354 321 / bookonline
5th @ 8pm Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury – 01743 281 281 / book online
10th@ 7.30pm Stage, Leeds – 0113 343 8730 / bookonline
13th @ 7.30pm Assembly Rooms, Tamworth – 01827 709 618 / book online
15th @ 7.30pm New Diorama Theatre, London -0207 383 9034 / bookonline
17th @ 7.30pm Capstone Theatre, Liverpool – 0844 8000 410 / book online
19th @ 7.45pm Cast, Doncaster – 01302 303 959 / book online
20th @ 8pm Hull Truck Theatre, Hull – 01482 323 638 / book online
24th-25th @ 8pm Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham – 01434 652 477 / bookonline
28th @ 7.30pm The Western, Leicester – bookonline

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