Best shows of the year

Words in the Wire
Words in the Wire

This year has been a great one for local theatre audiences with amateur and professional companies delivering the goods. Here is my top 10.

1 Tideline Runners- ‘The Words in the Wires’ (August).

Another winner from the pen of Robert Wilkinson. Simply amazing from start to finish with particularly astounding performances from Frazer Smiles, David Robson and Bee Dinardo in the three leading roles. A great script and a great cast deservedly earned rave reviews from all those lucky enough to get a ticket. Hands down the best show I saw all year.

2 Blackeyed Theatre- ‘Teechers’ (June).

This gem delighted a packed Henry Travers Studio back in the summer with a cast that had more energy than a bumper pack of energies. Thoroughly entertaining with a soundtrack that cherry picked some of the most memorable chart hits from the last few years.

3 The Maltings Youth Theatre- ‘The Phantom of the Opera’(November).

Coming up on the rails at the last minute was this magnificent slice of musical theatre courtesy of some of the brightest acting and singing talents around. Katie Hindmarsh made a fantastic and captivating Christine while Oliver Payn once again showed his leading man credentials as the Phantom. A fantastic way to mark 20 years of the Youth Theatre.

4 Eyemouth Variety Group- ‘The Steamie’ (January).

A bunch of thespians more known for their all singing, all

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dancing spring musicals, there was a change of pace for the variety group at the turn of the year. But the small but perfectly formed and highly competent cast of five made sure that the high standard was maintained during the tale of New Year’s Eve in a Glasgow laundry.

5 Here Come The Girls (July).

An eclectic mix of well known local faces packed out The Maltings and nearly lifted its roof off with an evening which combined classic pop songs, musical standards and Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress! I’m ecstatic to find out there’s a sequel in the diary for 2014.

6 Duns Players ‘Glengarry Glenross’ (September).

This was the Players at their most edgy. Newcomer John McEwan was a revelation as the tyrannical Ricky Roma in the Mamet adaptation which also saw the likes of Peter Lerpiniere and Ben Foreman in fine form.

7 Duns Operatic Society ‘Grease’ (August).

A rather surprising addition to the summer theatrical calendar, the society let its young guns do the talking in their take on the famous high school musical. Matthew Taylor and Ashleigh Wright dazzled as Danny and Sandy, with other impressive performers including Holly Thomas, Patrick Watson and Lizzie Lerpiniere.

8 The Sound of Musicals (June).

Packing out Coldingham Hall, this revue could have easily commanded a bigger stage. A plethora of fine voices from the Eyemouth area including Raymond Williams, Lyn Manderson and Chloe Wightman shone in numbers from the likes of ‘Spamalot’, ‘Chicago’ and ‘Blood Brothers’

9 Eyemouth Variety Group- ‘The Sound of Music’ (April).

Julie Andrews would have been proud of the barnstorming production which received a hearty applause for each of its performances.

10 Berwick Operatic Society- ‘Beauty & the Beast’ (March)

A show packed full to the brim with Disney magic and magical performances from the likes of Anna Emmins as Belle.