In the gallery: Aspects of Love

 

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Absolutely fantastic show - wonderful performances from everyone. Definitely 'West End' standard. Looking forward to the Xmas spectacular, the panto and, of course, Legally Blond next year! (Janet Crawford)

Aspects of love... What can I say, absolutely amazing...! Thank you for an awesome evening. (Ulrich 'Ric' Decruz)

Five days after I saw it, can't get it out of my head. Has there ev...er been a Players' show like it? Seriously not trying to go over the top. Best wishes to all (Richard Ivan Allen)

To everyone involved with the production of Aspects of Love. WOW! it was sensational! I have supported the Players since the days of the Sparrows Nest and every time I see a show I ask myself how can it get better. I have run out of adjectives now to say how brilliant you all are.

Aspects was spellbinding, the superb singing, simple but effective scenery and pianists who played their socks off.

What a wonderful night. Thank you for your hard work to such great effect. (Janet Vigus)

LovesTriangles in theatrical premier.

Always pushing at boundaries and performance challenges, Lowestoft Players have excelled themselves with this Andrew Lloyd Webber gem.

The team are staging the Suffolk premiere at their own Bethel theatre on a clever, versatile set and harnessing some of the finest talent in the region. Stephen Wison and Louise Clarke direct masterfully.

Far from a classic love story, it's a triangle of relationshiips which expand to include others in a tale very much of the late 1980's, yet timeless in its treatment of the hopes, yearnings and uncertainties of love.

'Love Changes Everything' is the show-stopper and the motif that underpins the score. Rob Goodrich does a tremendous job on piano and the music is seamless.

Craig Loxton as the romantic soldier, Polly Woodward as the actress at the heart of men's passions and John Marjoram as the older man who loves her and their daughter unconditionally are just superb.

Dayna Williams is captivating and Emily Fox as the daughter is a future star in the making. The ensemble were stunning , especially in the dark circus scene.You'd be mad to miss this one. (David Porter -Eastern Daily Press / Lowestoft Journal)

 

Thank you very much for the invitation to join you for the first major musical production at the Players Theatre, I felt honoured to be there, and what a great evening and achievement by Lowestoft Players.

The intimate theatre atmosphere was ideal for this particular show as we needed to feel with the cast and certainly clever staging of this most complex show with so many scene changes (and many congratulations to the back-stage team who worked overtime with great effect), and of course it worked for Scenic Projects.

What can I say about the perfect casting with such talent on stage, particularly the six principals with their ideal blend of voices and harmonies: this is not an easy score to sing and the show is more a modern opera than a musical. With Craig, Polly, John, Dayna, Emily and Jimmy leading thre front, this was a dream to listen to with no weak links and excellent balance. The complex story and the various emotions all so well realised and we were caught up in the whole production with great atmosphere and feeling: Stephen excelled again in direction, staging and in inspiration of the teams to raise the standards yet again and he should be proud of the final product. An excellent evening for all the audience, and how pleased we were to be present on this special night.

I feel filled with admiration for what you have achieved in the conversion of chapel to theatre and know that the plans will progress in the future as you will think of more 'wants' for the Players.

Thank you for allowing me to be present at this opening night. (Sue Dupont NODA East)

 

If ' Love Changes Everything' then surely that concept must apply to the Lowestoft Players themselves for it is their love and dedication to theatre over so many years which has changed the face of entertainment in the town, providing an oasis in what has sometimes been seen as a cultural desert. Their latest production, the musical 'Aspects of Love', represented another milestone - and what an achievement, not only in providing the Suffolk  amateur premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's show but also for presenting their first major musical  production in their very own theatre!

It was a production par excellence- skilfully and imaginatively directed, and superbly and professionally performed by each member of the company. It builds on the legacy of their founder members, some of whom have sadly left us, and others of us who are just 'resting' but still supporting in various ways.

I, for one, am so proud to have been associated with a company worthy of the West End stage. Thank you Lowestoft Players - I salute you! While you continue to tread the boards, theatre will always remain alive and well in Lowestoft. (Maureen Miller - Lowestoft Journal Postbox)

 

The last time I entered the Bethel was in 1955 for the memorial service conducted by the Port Missionary following the loss of my late wife's father William Jenner, who was a skipper of the Playmates - a Lowestoft  drifter, lost of the coast of Cornwall in a violent storm. None of the crew were found.

Now I have visited the Bethel again - for the Lowestoft Players' performance of Aspects of Love last Saturday. Words fail me in my admiration of the complete production. It was superb, and the Players Theatre is a huge asset for the town. What a lovely intimate and ideal theatre you now have - just treasure it and the Lowestoft Players.

I moved from Lowestoft in 1997 but still follow all the weekly news in the Journal. (Nick Brighouse - Lowestoft Journal Postbox)

 

My wife and I went to the Bethel in Lowestoft on Tuesday, September 9, to see the Lowestoft Players version of Aspects of Love.

First of all, I would like to say that we were amazed at the amount of work done on this old building to see the transformation from an old church to this new theatre. So well done to all concerned for that.

I know that the Players have a team of willing helpers, but this was a great achievement. On the night, the scenery by Stephen Wilson and his team was excellent as is normal from this highly skilled operation. We are frequently amazed at the effects that this squad come up with. The backdrops were highly moble and were moved in a very unobtrusive way.

The musical theatre was, as usual for the Players, of a very high standard. I don't think that we have ever seen a bad show from them. The two romantic leads, Craig and Polly, were excellent in their roles and John Marjoram played George, the uncle, exactly right. However I have to say that Emily Fox stole the show playing Jenny. Starting off as a 13 year old teenager and blossoming as a young adolescent, the performance was pitched exactly right and with beautiful singing too.

So here's to the Lowestoft Players - 47 years in the making and another good few years to come I hope. (Bernard Hughes - Lowestoft Journal Postbox)

 

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