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Little Shop of Horrors

Torch Theatre , Torch Theatre, Milford Haven , October-22-01
This sensational show, brilliantly crafted by director Peter Doran, designer Sean Crowley and music man James Williams, revels in mock horror special effects.

Bursting with vibrant numbers, the musical set feet tapping as it rocked the waterfront theatre in Milford Haven.

Giving a macabre twist to the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, the production combines the best of cult horror with star-crossed love.

The hero Seymour (a suitably nerdy performance by Christian Patterson) makes a Faustian pact with voracious plant Audrey II (manipulated by puppeteer Rachel Canning) with a monstrous taste for more than a glass of red wine.

The delightful Kyra Williams is the heart-breakingly vulnerable Barbie lookalike, Audrey, and Garry Lake’s performance as her bullying biker boyfriend, Orin, was a knockout.

The show is memorable for its set pieces, the dominating blood-sucking plant, classic hits and wonderful touches such as Seymour’s tentative approaches to Audrey.

Reviewed by: Vivien Stoddart

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