Well-known story brought to life

PUBLISHED: 12:11 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 11:33 04 May 2010

Bugsy Malone by The Garden Theatre Company. Review by Ann Dix The production - directed by Andy Bailey and assisted by Jan White - was slick, professional and extremely watachable from beginning to end. Every member of the cast from principals to chorus w

Bugsy Malone by The Garden Theatre Company. Review by Ann Dix

The production - directed by Andy Bailey and assisted by Jan White - was slick, professional and extremely watachable from beginning to end. Every member of the cast from principals to chorus were thoroughly enjoying themselves and this conveyed itself to the audience.

The well-known story of the gangsters and broads, and the famous splurge guns during the prohibition era, is familiar to everyone and each character was brought to life by excellent acting, singing and dancing by a wonderful cast.

Although it seems unfair to single individuals out, Ashley Gilmour as Bugsy Malone played the part to perfection. He has a good voice and an extremely relaxed manner on stage.

Tom Aggett as Fat Sam was excellent. Fizzy played by Robert Thorton was also outstanding. He is a talented dancer and choreographed the whole show ably assisted by his brother Thomas who also played Dandy Dan.

I loved the interval dance performed by Robert and Emma Taylor who played Tallulah as well as Darren Smith and Sean Briston's performance at the start of Act Two.

Amber Rutterford as Blousey Brown and Emma Taylor were superb. Amber's rendition of Ordinary Fool was lovely and Emma's My Name is Tallulah was absolutely great.

All the musical numbers were brilliant, especially Fat Sam's Grand Slam and The Boxer's Song. Evan Gilmour, who played Baby Face, showed confidence beyond his years.

The props were excellent and the costumes, some of which were made by Cathy Gilmour, were superb. The music arranged and played solely by Ryan Aves and the lighting by Paul Hunt were all top class.

Every single member of the cast was superb.

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