Loserville is a Winning Show
Loserville is currently running at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, starring Gareth Gates and Aaron Sidwell. It is set in an American High School in the 1970s. Read on to find out more.
Loserville is a Winning Show
Last Thursday night I went to the West Yorkshire Playhouse to see Loserville. The West Yorkshire Playhouse has an impressive auditorium with seats sloping upwards set around the stage which is not raised, so if you sit in the front row as I did, you look straight upon the performers, who use every bit of the stage which curves round when they are singing and dancing.
The story is set in an American High School in the 1970s, co written by James Bourne, formerly a member of the Pop group Busted, and Elliot Davis, who got to know each other when they met playing tennis. After James had formed his new band, Son of Dork, and then completed the Welcome to Loserville album, he played it to Elliot, who was very impressed with not only the type of music it was, but also the way it told a story, and it had him intrigued.
Eventually Loserville the musical was born from this collaboration, which stars Gareth Gates in his first role as a bad person. He plays Eddie, a vain and selfish young student, who needs to impress his rich father by allowing him to think he has developed the first email communication, or else if his true lazy, and self seeking nature is exposed, he will be cut off without a penny. It doesn’t matter who he treads on to do this, or what relationship he breaks up, he is so ruthless, and he doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
About the cast
Gareth Gates was impressive , giving his all to the role, his arrogance and vanity was apparent, but better than that, he made the character very comical too, his timing is perfect when he delivers his lines, and he has the makings of a great comedy actor in the future. He was totally convincing as a nasty piece of work, which is what every actor strives for, to be believable, and he made it fun to hate him, and all he stood for.
Aaron Sidwell, who played a very troubled and sinister character recently in Eastenders, was this time a harmless geek, a young student called Michael Dork, whose whole world revolves around computers, he has worked so hard to perfect the idea of sending an email. Naturally Eddie wanted to steal his idea, and his girlfriend Holly, played by Eliza Hope Bennett, who has appeared both in films and television as well as musical theatre since the age of 7 years.
All's well that Ends well
But thankfully good triumphs over evil at the end, but not before we have seen some spectacular and very energetic dancing from the cast, and also enjoyed great upbeat songs with strong lyrics which keep the story moving at a rapid pace. The staging was also fun, with card board cut outs with scenes and names on, which somehow seemed in keeping with a story about students.
These 3 main characters are supported by a very strong cast, and I have to applaud every one of them for their American accents. It was a very good team effort, everyone was enjoying their part in the show, it shone through. It was fun and frolics, lighthearted and amusing, and thoroughly entertaining. It’s the sort of show you could see more than once, and still enjoy it each time. In my humble opinion, it could hold its own amongst other shows in the West End, and as not everyone in the country can get to Yorkshire to see it, I sincerely hope that will happen in the future.
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