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Great winter warmer at Babbacombe Theatre to see in run up to Christmas

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

fun and upbeat:   Christmas Starlight is a cracker

fun and upbeat: Christmas Starlight is a cracker

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CHRISTMAS STARLIGHT

★★★★

Babbacombe Theatre

CHRISTMAS may still be more than six weeks away, but the festive spirit is already in full swing at Babbacombe Theatre.

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The venue's latest production, Christmas Starlight, is a cracker, packed full of jokes, magic, dance and a whole host of well known songs.

Director Colin Matthews has created a winning formula which pulls in packed houses year after year by producing a fun and upbeat variety show with quality performers.

The audience lapped up the comedy antics of pedigree comedian Andy Oakley. His innuendos and comic timing made the show memorable for all the right reasons.

He's like a chameleon, as he seems to have the ability to adapt to every accent and character he plays in the show.

Powerhouse vocalist Holly Cosgrove was on top form throughout the night.

She really should go far in her career as she's got a great presence and has vocals which put some established songstresses to shame.

Her up-tempo version of Adele's Set Fire to the Rain showed off her vocal range and her harmonies with fellow singer Eloise Cole during the rendition of Walking In The Air were excellent.

Duo Elmer and Sampson also added both a fun factor and worked well with the two female vocalists, particularly during the Madonna number Cherish.

Magician Petter Baffles also added some sparkle to the performance with his humour and magic. The 12 days of Christmas sketch, where he made huge items appear from a small box on the stage, was both clever and original and a highlight of the night.

The audience clearly loved the show and were singing along and laughing throughout, but as a regular at the theatre I would like to see it spread its wings further and be slightly more dynamic.

Regularly, the company does a sketch involving the Seven Dwarfs and the same costumes are rolled out year on year.

It would be good to think of something new and fresh for the future Christmas shows.

All in all though, this offering is a great winter-warmer to see in the run up to Christmas.

It runs every Wednesday until December 26 and then again on December 28 and January 1.

DAWN ELLIS

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