GODS, goddesses and mortals descended upon Newton Park this week to give a storming performance of Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta Orpheus in the Underworld.

Fabulous vocals and uplifting music, including the famous Galop (better known as the cancan) combined to make Director Garth Bardsley’s production definitely all heaven and not-at-all hell.

A simple yet atmospheric staging and a mix of modern and period dress blended beautifully to allow the full execution of the comedic element in the show.

The company played every moment with strength and conviction with strong vocal performances from the leads including a truly nymph like portrayal of Eurydice by Jenna Aird and an Orpheus that owes a lot to Kenneth Williams played by Matthew Bawden. Pluto (Sam Young) and Jupiter (Ben Knight) gave suitable heavenly and devilish performances in order for good to triumph over evil.

The 21 strong orchestra led by James Thomas rose to the occasion and provided beautifully sublime moments along with rousing uplifting full on show stoppers.

A great night out and I was left with the pounding ‘Infernal Galop’ (the Can-Can) ringing in my ears. The show runs until Saturday  – See it if you can!

Jack Rose