I jumped at the chance of seeing Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat when I was invited along on its opening night at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon last night.It’s been a while since I’ve been to the theatre, Guys and Dolls was the last production I saw with my mum, my auntie (she passed away from cancer last year) and her partner.As Kip aged 12 has been going to a local theatre school since he was 8, I’ve been keen to go and see something with him.He saw Oliver Twist with my mum last year, which they both enjoyed but we’ve never seen anything together until last night.
With just a 15 minute train ride and a slight run to get there on time, it’s easy enough to get to if you don’t drive like me.We were greeted by Ben, Marketing and Promotions Assistant and Nyree, Community and Education Officer.With a few other bloggers we were taken on a tour of the theatre, (except for back stage as everything was underway for the show) Nyree gave us a very informative tour of the roof, under the auditorium and other non-public access areas.
In the press room, where we had a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic technicolour drinks and nibbles.I got chatting to Angela who writes at Born Again Swindonian about living in Swindon and Ben a bit more about blogging.
As the theatre had a massive refurbishment back in 2006 due to asbestos, the 1.3 million makeover included new decor, bars, cafés, disabled entrances.No matter where you sit in the auditorium, you are no more than 70 feet away from the stage.
We sat in our seats shortly before 7:30, with me singing ‘Any Dream Will Do’, the only song I know from Joseph.I had vague recollection of the story from primary school bible lessons but the production written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber was much more entertaining.The title role of Joseph was played by 2009 X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels, who was fantastic in his first major role.Another X Factor star, Amelia Lily took the role of the Narrator. Amelia, who finished third on The X Factor 2011, really carried her voice across to the audience as she told Joseph’s story in song.The role of the Pharaoh was played Matt Lapinskas, known for his East Enders role as Anthony Moon and for being a finalist in Dancing on Ice.Unfortunately as our train was leaving at 9:44, we had to leave at 9:20 and missed the end.In true British Rail style, our train was just over 10 minutes late.We were not amused.
The show was brilliantly staged with imaginative props, I cannot tell you how much I need a pop up stage sheep in my home.Along with the blinking camel, singing Pharaoh head, a Harley Davidson and layers of clothing for quick costume changes, it was a joy to watch.
Tue, Wed 7.30pm, Sat 23 2pm: £27.50*
Wed, Thu 2.30pm, Fri 5pm: £23.00*
Thu 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat 5pm: £30.50* SATURDAY at 2pm IS SOLD OUT
Friends: 2 for 1 on Tue 19 May
*A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Wyvern Friends; Groups of 10+ please call 01793 524481 to buy fee-free.
We were invited along to review Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, receiving 3 tickets for 2 adults and 1 child, a mini tour before the show and pre-show and interval drinks and nibbles.