Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse - ★★★★☆ - Until August 31, 2019


These talented young people deserve to enjoy great careers, and this musical could not have been better directed by Dean Johnson. There were some superb performances. Claire Keenan as Rose absolutely rules the stage. In a part where she plays an ugly duckling she projects a luminous personality, subtle characterisation, and has faultless vocal production. This is someone to watch as her career develops! Stephen Lewis-Johnston as Eddie creates a totally believable marine - a bastard with a heart - he acts, moves and sings extremely well. The remaining characters are very well played, especially Matthew Michaels and Joe Munn as the two best mates. There is some terrific ensemble work, especially in the excellent choreography by George Lyons, and the battle scene is very well done. The small but excellent band adds gorgeous colour throughout. If there is a weakness it is the script. It is cliche-ridden and uses the old and unpleasant trope of the young military bucks vying to bring the ugliest girl to a party. That said, the overall production is extremely intelligent, and never drags. Congratulations British Theatre Academy! This is a show well worth seeing.

Reviewed by D.S.J.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆★ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until August 31, 2019
Tue - Sat: 7 pm
Tue & Sat: 3 pm
Sun: 2 pm
Southwark Playhouse
Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle
https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/dogfight/

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