Sarah Miatt heads along to see the latest offering from Titchfield Festival Theatre, A Little Plant From Outer Space.
The Studio, Titchfield Festival Theatre
Reviewed by Sarah Miatt
Titchfield Youth Theatre was set up in 2008 as part of Titchfield Festival Theatre. The group have performed a wide variety of plays and performances ever since both with the Festival Theatre and in their own right. It is safe to say that this group are very committed to giving young people of all ages a wonderful grounding in all aspects of performing arts.
A Little Plant from Outer Space was written especially for them by their director John O’Hanlon and played to their strengths beautifully. In the impressive setting of the new purpose built studio theatre within the main theatre, this Sci Fi spoof, loosely based on A Little Shop of Horrors came to life. Impressively, the lighting and sound was operated by two of the youth theatre members, Oliver Thompson and Oliver Whitehouse. They did this with great timing and skill.
Highlights in the cast included Jessica Mills as hapless flower shop assistant Marvin. Her comic timing and nervous gestures were perfect for the role and she easily commanded the stage when taking on the unenviable task of performing completely alone onstage with just the plant (some expert puppeteering by Marcus O’Hanlon). Madeline Bennett as Marvin's love interest, Ellie, was sweet natured and endearing and had wonderful onstage chemistry with Marvin. Supporting characters of Paloma Hoyos as Mrs Finks and Dan Winkworth as the NASA boss were also particular highlights.
The whole cast were very in-character and clearly enjoyed every second of the performance: they looked fantastic and very in keeping with the time of the play. It was very enjoyable and the audience left feeling uplifted and with a very positive message.