REVIEW: Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Dreamboats and Miniskirts. PICTURE: Mick Howes

Dreamboats and Miniskirts. PICTURE: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

I might not have been born in the 1960s when Dreamboats and Miniskirts is set, but that did not stop me thoroughly enjoying the show.

Following on from the hugely successful Dreamboats and Petticoats, it follows three young couples and their friends into the early 60s as they make their bids for musical stardom.

Bobby and Laura struggle to mix business and pleasure, Norman and Sue are happily married with a baby on the way and things with Ray and Donna are tense as he takes over management of The Conquests as they try to get a record deal.

Despite having not seen the first instalment, Miniskirts was easy to get into, if a little slow at the very beginning.

But by the time a four-piece band from Liverpool played Twist and Shout it was full steam ahead.


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Packed with huge hits from the 60s including The House of the Rising Sun, You Don't Own Me, Oh Pretty Woman and Hippy Hippy Shake, there were plenty of songs to take you back in time.

But it was when Laura, played by Chloe Ewards-Wood, launched her solo career that things really kicked up a notch. Sporting a makeover to rival Sandy's at the end of Grease, she left Petticoats well and truly behind in favour of a chic 60s bob, dress and boots.

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My personal highlight was the new, modern Laura's rendition of It's In His Kiss with Sue and Donna on backing vocals - and judging by the audience's reaction, I'm not alone in enjoying it.

But the best thing about the show is everything is live, performed with a full band right in front of your eyes, giving it the kind of energy an audience can't help but pick up on.

And it was clear leaving the theatre that's exactly what had happened, everyone filing out of the Marina seemed to be grinning from ear to ear - me included.

The show runs until Saturday evening. For more details call the box office on 01502 533200, or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk.

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