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Review: Bedbug at The SJT, February 2016


A review of Bedbug at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough by Martin Dove

Seeing a play described as a politico-futurological blast, and a necriligous tale which invents a satiric future out of that false dawn, just after the Revolution in Russia, and just before Stalin’s terror, might not sound like a great way to spend your birthday afternoon, but Bedbug turned out to be brilliant.

It was so good because the young cast, numbering thirty or so were all talented and enthusiastic. Every one of them performed to a very high standard, and the pace never let up for a second.

With music by Gary Kemp, there were some great songs in this show, which were performed with vigour by the ensemble cast.

The final scene where young Alfie Woodhead sang the closing number was astonishingly good, and as moving as anything I have seen in top class West End productions.

As the brilliant cast took their final bow, I was not the only one in tears. Well done to a tremendous group of gifted teens, who did themselves and the town of Scarborough proud.

Bedbug was directed by Cheryl Govan and was performed in the Round at the SJT on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February

Review: Bedbug at The SJT, February 2016 Reviewed by Editor on 21:28:00 Rating: 5

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