Fame opened at New Theatre last night and we were invited along to see the show. Warren came along with me and it was a good excuse for a date night!
Review: Fame at New Theatre, Cardiff
I didn’t really know much about Fame, so I went into this performance without any background information. The story follows class of ’84 and it’s set within The School of Performing Arts, a prestigious and sought after school producing fine actors, performers and other artistic careers.
The stage was minimally set, with moving staircases, lockers and other essential bits and bobs to move the story along. I loved the backdrop of photographs of all the students; it was really effective. When the cast came onto the stage, I must admit I was disappointed with the costume design. I expected a lot more in the way of 70/80’s style, and it felt a lot more 90’s and minimal in terms of design and colour.
The story follows quite a few characters and both acts feel kind of clunky. The story skips from one story to the next and songs are used to explain certain areas of the story that I felt might be more suited to dialogue. I was a little disheartened during the interval, but the first half of the second act was a highlight for myself and Warren.
There were some strong performances from many of the cast members, including Nick’s (Keith Jack) performance of I Want To Make Magic, Serena’s (Molly McGuire) Let’s Play A Love Scene and Carmen (Stephanie Rojas) and Schlomo’s (Simon Anthony) beautiful duet of Bring On Tomorrow.
However, the big song of the night was definitely performed by Mica Paris as Miss Sherman. Wow, she had me spellbound as she performed These Are My Children and she even gave me goosebumps! It was an outstanding performance and I’m still shocked by her beautiful and powerful voice!
Overall it was an enjoyable show, but I think there could be more improvements in terms of costume and tightening up the story lines. I sometimes felt the story line jumped and it was hard to get deep into a character’s mind before the performance moved on to something else.
However, saying that, the audience were really loving it and there were obviously some big Fame fans, and that’s great to see. I’d also like to say how obvious it was that the cast have an amazing relationship, they were professional but also a really tight knit team and I loved being able to see that.
If you’re a big fan of Fame or you just want a nice night at the theatre, then you can catch Fame until 29th September 2018.