Cabaret - performed December 1995
By John Kander, Joe Masteroff & Fred Ebb
Performed with the kind permission of Musicscope
Director - Dennis Murfitt
|Master of Ceremonies (EMCEE)||Andy Dyer|
|Clifford Bradshaw||Christopher Mason|
|Ernst Ludwig||Adrian Bolton|
|Customs Officer||Peter Crotty|
|Fraulein Schneider||Val Taylor|
|Fraulein Kost||Thema Rayment|
|Herr Schultz||Bob Wheatley|
|Telephone Girl||Liz Butler|
|Sally Bowles||Sarah McCarthy|
|Two Ladies||Linda Gatt
|German Sailors||Dave Jeffries
|Two Nazis||Derek Butcher
|Kit-Kat Girls||Jo Simons
|Frau Kruger||Jane Cousins|
|Frau Wendel||Jenny Glayzer|
Andy Dyer has got the part exactly right, brilliantly evoking Berlin during its most decadent, seedy and beguiling period,
and he plays the role with the confidence and power it demands. At the other end of the social scale,
Val Taylor is simply superb as the lonely yet pragmatic Fraulein Schneider, drifting through life with a
resignation as poignant as it is profound. Taylor excels herself again and again in the show, she displays an
acting ability and presence which is rarely seen in professional provincial theatre, let alone amateur, and
it is a pleasure to watch her.
The rest of the cast deal with their parts extremely competently, and although almost everyone lies in the shadow of Dyer and Taylor - talent is clearly abundant here. It's true that the music is slightly inadequate simply because lack of volume - when Sarah MacCarthy belts out the title number one really longs for a pit-band - but in fact the piano and drums of Patience Ling and Paul Scott seem more fitting to some of the more serious numbers.
All in all, Manifest have shown that which is so often lacking in Amateur dramatics; here is a show where the participants have focused on the entirety of the theatrical experience, not just their own role within it. Various talents have come together, fitted in with each other and provided cracking entertainment.
Vintage show worth repeating
THE Manifest theatre Group has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its own theatre in Manningtree
with a vintage production.
Under the direction of Dennis Murfitt, one of the founder members, the group decided to repeat Cabaret,
their first musical and one of their most popular shows.
Playing to packed houses all week, the group again displayed all the fine qualities for which it has rightly
Set in Germany before the start of the Third Reich, the story has a little of everything – drama, romance, pathos and comedy, with the added bonus of 21 musical numbers. The sight of Nazi Salutes may have stirred unwanted memories for older members of the audience but the backcloth of racial tensions would have had chill message for everyone, bearing in mind Bosnia and tribal conflicts in Africa.
There were powerful performances from Andy Dyer, Christopher Mason, Val Taylor, Bob Wheatley and Sarah McCarthy,
ably back by Adrian Bolton, Thelma Rayment and a bevy of beauties.
The only complaint would be the numerous scene changes, which ended to break the flow of the action.