Established in 2004, Curtain Up has certainly made its mark on theatre in the Bath area.
The company is well known for creating productions of a high professional standard and this production of Little Shop of Horrors does not fail to deliver.
Opening with a high energy dance routine and superb vocals, the work and passion of choreographer Maisie Carter and director Tristan Carter is clear throughout the entire show. The set and costumes are both highly detailed and transform the Roper Theatre to another world.
Beautifully cast, it is evident that each cast member is well rehearsed, confident in their role and having the time of their life on stage. Nelly Batt, playing the down trodden Audrey, encompasses every aspect of the iconic role including her lisp and soft voice. Her vocals are strong and powerful. Liam Heap takes on the task of Seymour with ease. He delivers his character in a wonderful nerdy persona and compliments Nelly’s vocals with powerful precision.
Toby Fox Evans and Finley Hodges play Mushnik and Scrivello with characterful comic timing. The three divas played by Hannah Wood, Isabelle Higham and Tara Arnold rarely leave the stage and cope with an incredible number of costume changes!
Of course, Little Shop of Horrors can’t be staged without the dominating presence of Audrey 2, the man-eating plant. Audrey 2 is spectacular, she moves and grows throughout the performance to her ultimate man-eating size. The delightful surprise that Audrey 2’s voice is female instead of the expected male tones akin to Levi Stubbs, again show that director Tristan Carter is not afraid to push the boundaries of expected theatre and he has triumphed with his vision. Audrey 2’s vocals are delivered with sassy powerfulness and gusto from Anya Hathaway.
If you make one trip to the theatre this Easter, this one can be highly recommended. Expect to be impressed, you won’t be disappointed.
Little Shop of Horrors runs until 7th April at the Roper Theatre, Bath.
Ellen Hobbs, 5th April 2018.