Venue: Central Hall
Wicked is an acclaimed musical, but this production by the Gilbert and Sullivan society was almost unrecognisable. With an amateur production you are not expecting to see the same performance as from a Broadway cast, yet this production seemed more like a cast from nursery. This was amdram at its worst. The two leading roles had so little chemistry it seemed like they had never met before. They sang out of time and they couldn’t sing or speak loud enough to be heard. Elphaba rarely made eye contact with the audience; when she did it was for no longer than a second and with a very peculiar look on her face. If there was one thing to salvage from the ‘play’ however and it was Glinda’s acting, as she out of all the actors present on stage managed to capture the character’s personality.
The chorus managed to completely miss the plot at certain points; when the citizens are meant to be cowering in fear they instead bow in reverence. As a whole they were unaware of what was taking place, either when they were significant in a scene or merely onlookers. When supposed to be speaking amongst themselves, individuals often ended up speaking to themselves, or to the floor, as mime proved far too difficult. Wicked was an unrealistic choice of play for a company who lacked the talent and the manpower to pull it off convincingly, which may be why a large proportion of the audience fled half-way through.