The mystery of Dreamdance

Dreamdance , by Nicola Werenowska , Footprints Theatre Company, Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, Pulse Fringe Festival, June 13First the good news; the music was well conceived and played by the talented young Aaron Parker and the story, interlaced with screen projections, was interesting - although the theme of Berlin cabaret post-World War I has been previously well exploited on stage and in film.

David Green

Dreamdance , by Nicola Werenowska , Footprints Theatre Company, Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, Pulse Fringe Festival, June 13

First the good news; the music was well conceived and played by the talented young Aaron Parker and the story, interlaced with screen projections, was interesting - although the theme of Berlin cabaret post-World War I has been previously well exploited on stage and in film.

Paula Baker, who combined her director and choreographer duties with the role of the cabaret singer, had a good stage presence. Her voice was obviously trained but the songs appeared to be pitched too high for her to get the strength of projection needed for this role.


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Now the really bad news; the overall standard of performance was woefully poor - almost to a cringe-making extent.

Although the cast tried hard, there was a distinct lack of focus among the actors and too much trooping off and trooping on to maintain the pace needed to make this kind of production work.

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Movement was stilted and lacked conviction while the whole show was devoid of polish and style.

It was, to say the least, a disappointment on the final day of a Pulse Festival which had promised so much. How this production found itself on the programme is a mystery.

David Green

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