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Saturday Evening 21st May 2022
The Crooked Spire, brilliant, I really enjoyed it, so much to mention. I’ll start with what a fantastic show. All the actors played their part well and were convincing in their roles. We immediately took to John, surely he couldn’t have done it? Geoffrey was a bad lot, that was obvious despite only short appearances. Then there was Mark, an angry young man if ever we saw one. Oh, who could be a murderer. There were a few choices some more menacing than others. I was convinced I knew.
Walter played by young Eddie Waller was exceptional. A confident actor, his singing was perfect and added to that cheeky grin I think there may be a future star in the making.
The songs, Seize the Day, To be a Journeyman and Wonderful were particular favourites. The ladies sang beautifully, each of their performances strong and full of emotion.
Then to the stage. It amazes me that an image, a hint of something can be created with so little scenery. Ropes draped, a huge metal circle to represent the Windlass and wooden planks used to full advantage. At times we actually felt as if we were inside the spire. A constant wisp of haze added extra atmosphere and a sense of dusty days working in and around the new spire.
The story is of course based on and about the Chesterfield Spire and mention of the locality makes it familiar, but I do feel this Medieval Murder Mystery Musical, with its message of love, friendship and trust would work well in other towns.
Joyce Janes, writer