Monday night saw The Tom Talks Show presenter head off to London to see a new musical that is currently in workshop mode; being previewed and trailed at the London's "The Other Palace"
After checking into the hotel, (that was easier said than done), Tom headed off to find the venue for "The Other Palace", leading man and director Simon Gordon who is better know for his role as Strat in Bat Out Of Hell The Musical fronted the musical at the theatre on Monday night...
Now, I've read other reviews; and I think its unfair to say that everyone was on top of each other, as the venue itself was small and I liked having them all on stage together, it made it feel that little bit special; it gave a warm positive vibe that everyone who's been working on the musical is watching the master piece unfold on stage in an incredible way. - its called working with what you've got!
One thing that I felt let it down was the sound guys at The Other Palace Theatre, now I don't know if it was intentional or part of the way it was scripted, but every time that a member of the play sung, the microphones were turned on... occasionally they forgot too... now, if i was them, i'd of left the microphones on at all times, as some dialogue, for me was missed, specially some of the girls that were performing, as some of them were quite quiet.
Now overall the show is very well written and directed fantastically by Simon Gordon, and the script is so amazingly written by Tony Gibbs, this wonderful show has so much potential and look forward to seeing it develop...
One person I must mention that I was really impressed with was a chap called Tom Berkeley he played a character called "Bernie" and his character you sort of felt sorry for as he wasn't great with relationships, and that as much as he was trying to get at this young girls heart, it just wasn't working... the words were all coming out backwards, however (and without giving too much away), something delightful happens at the end and you feel so happy for him! Tom's voice suites the songs that he sings, and the character that he plays. His storyline was very easy to follow and understand.
The whole team of Twist and Turn The Musical; Should be extremely proud of themselves for a fantastic preview night; yes they were nervous, but that didn't show! - A Massive well done all round.
A Big thanks to Tony, Simon and co, for allowing us to play the music on the airwaves and give posters away to lucky fans!