Sunny Afternoon

4
Tue, 7th Mar 17
The story of Ray Davies and The Kinks.

Sunny Afternoon ReviewA musical based on the Kinks from their earliest formation up to their major era of success. Written by Ray Davies we get both an honest and a highly musical story though at times I wasn't wholly sure what genre it was trying to achieve. At times dramatic and at times enjoyably daft it was, perhaps, reflecting the confusion that the 60s threw everyone into at the time - for me the second half worked better than the first but one might also say that about their careers! That said, the music is more than enough to carry off the whole evening and leave you smiling - which it did.

Ray Davies music is a major part of the soundtrack of life for anyone around at the time and the renditions in this show are excellent. I particularly enjoyed  "Days" - a very emotional song beautifully rendered here. Of course, for the iconic songs such as "You Really Got Me" the volume gets turned right up - which is just fine by me!

Ryan O'Donnell as Ray and Mark Newnham as David are excellent, full-on musical talent with great voices - Mark in particular carrying off the difficult job of being shot-away almsot the entire show but keeping the pace and characterisation going. The other cast members, main and chorus, plus the two on-stage musicians are also excellent with the whole show having enormous energy - ahh, that Pan's People retro dance!

Excellent and interesting set, really good lighting, lovely to see a floor covered in cables again, great sound system ...  

Great fun, great evening, great music!


Search Reviews/News


Newsletter

Email*
Captcha*

Find us on-line

Facebook
SeatChoice page
Twitter
SeatChoice tweets
Android
The UKTW Android App for listings and information on the move
Wordpress Plugin
The UKTW Wordpress Plugin is now available so that you can add links and widgets easily to Wordpress sites
Linked-In
UKTW company page and Robert Iles
Google+
UKTW
Blog/Website
SeatChoice and Robert's personal
tumblr
UKTW tumblr page
rss
SeatChoice and UKTW

Latest News & Reviews

18th Aug 17 :: Review: This Is Not Culturally Significant
One man show, in the nude
2
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Doglife
Part 2 following on from Doubting Thomas
5
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Cannonball
A look at growing up and responsibility
3
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Wild Bore
A play about reviews and reviewers .. or is it?
5
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Bright Colours Only
"Ain't it grand, to be bloomin' well dead ..."
3
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Adam
Being born transgender in Egypt is not a great start in life
5
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Glitter Punch
Quite a little find
4
17th Aug 17 :: Review: The Unmarried
Lauren Gauge's play looking at life's chances and choices
4
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Henning Wehn
Westphalia is not an option - seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
4
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Dust
A story of young suicide
5
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Snap
Korean circus
1
17th Aug 17 :: Review: TuTu
Chicos Mambo - Dance in all its glory
4
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Camille O'Sullivan
Where Are We Now?
5
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Lord Dismiss Us
Adaptation of Michael Campbell's book.
3
17th Aug 17 :: Review: Last Resort
Come on a trip to the world's most expensive all inclusive resort
3
17th Aug 17 :: Review: B!rth
Breakfast plays
3
16th Aug 17 :: Review: The Toxic Avenger
Late night musical
4
15th Aug 17 :: Review: You've Changed
Kate O'Donnell's MTF transgender story
4
15th Aug 17 :: Review: Stand By
Police story at the Territorial Barracks
3
15th Aug 17 :: Review: instructions for Border Crossing
Daniel Bye's audience interactive piece
2

Most Popular Stories

17th Aug 17 :: Review: Dust
A story of young suicide
8th Jul 17 :: Review: He Shoots, He Scores!
Seen at Above the Stag
6th Jul 17 :: Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Not so much a review as that would need to contain spoilers .. more a personal reaction
17th Aug 17 :: Review: The Unmarried
Lauren Gauge's play looking at life's chances and choices
14th Jun 17 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A more detailed review of the current touring production.
20th Jun 17 :: Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Touring production seen in Bristol
3rd Aug 17 :: King's Head moving
A new venue plan for the King's Head pub theatre
26th Jul 17 :: No more fees
BoV scraps ticket booking fees
15th Aug 17 :: Review: The Drive
Two person show about a road trip
18th Aug 17 :: Review: Wild Bore
A play about reviews and reviewers .. or is it?

SeatChoice Blog

My Fringe, 2017
A quick personal look at some of the things I experienced at this year's Edinburgh Fringe
New technique for visually impaired theatregoers?
Blind and visually impaired theatregoers could benefit from a new project where music is used to convey information and mood.
2017 Eddies
Drayton Arms Theatre announces annual Eddies Award for theatre companies performing at the Edinburgh Fringe
Theatre Book Prize Winner
The winner of this year’s Theatre Book Prize is announced.
Reviewer Ponderings
Another step in pushing reviewers to the sidelines.
Open Auditions Website
New free website for audition calls.
Famous Theatre Bookshop to close
Samuel French are to close their Fitzroy Street store.
UK's First "Revolving Theatre"
A major performance venue, with a revolving auditorium, will be at the heart of regeneration plans for Liverpool’s new creative district.
Digital Theatre+ and The Stage launch Theatre Lives
Digital Theatre+ and The Stage launch Theatre Lives: a new series of filmed conversations with legendary performers and theatre-makers

SeatChoice theatre blog»

© UK Theatre Web, UK
1995-2017
Developed and Maintained by RMJIoldGoogle+ Author
Tickets by SeatChoice
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd

UK Theatre Sites Cookies in Use