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Les Miserables

The Performance Factory , Penyrheol Theatre , March-26-11
Les Miserables by The Performance Factory The students of The Performance Factory tackled this demanding musical under the guiding hand of Dean Verbeck who ensured a polished production that captivated it’s audience throughout.



A darkly dramatic set evoked France at the dawn of the Revolution and the actors used it effectively. Musical director Lyndon Samuel supervised tight harmonies and showed off the vocal talent of the stage school’s pupils.



The sheer passion and sincerity on display from the youngest of the ensemble to the older principals was admirable. Anwen Price, Kirsty Richards, Paige Morgan James, Mark Robert Lewis and Simon Williams gave outstanding performances that belied their age.



Samuel Lane as Javert had a mesmerising intensity in his vocals while Alastair Gray brought poignancy to the role of Enjolras. Jean Valjean was played with great poise by Christian Grace who possesses an impressive singing range. Relishing the roles of Thénardier and Madame Thénardier were Joshua Light and Natasha John whose characterisations were an utter delight.



The young cast displayed maturity in their acting and such dynamism in their singing that the emotion of the story was brought out to its full spine-tingling potential.



The show continues until Saturday, but just make sure you bring tissues.

Reviewed by: Ella Louise Gilbert

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