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Dreamboats and Petticoats review from Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre

PUBLISHED: 09:57 24 February 2012 | UPDATED: 10:56 24 February 2012

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

IN an explosion of toe-tapping sound, the opening scene of Dreamboats and Petticoats immediately transported us back to the late 1950s/early 1960s bringing back the nostalgic juke box tunes of that golden era featuring popular tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Chuck Berry and many more.

The original storyline by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the same duo responsible for TV comedy shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart and Birds of a Feather, follows Bobby (David Ribi) as he competes with the arrogant, swaggering, worldly wise Norman (Ben James-Ellis) for the affections of sweet 16-year-old Laura (Samantha Dorrance).

The clever mix of teenage angst about sex and acne is set in the St Mungo’s Youth Club somewhere in Essex, run by Bobby’s father Phil, superbly played by Terry Winstanley.

Inspired by one of the biggest selling albums of the decade, the catchy rock’n’roll tunes soon had us rocking in our seats to well-known favourites such as Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Happy Birthday sweet 16, Da Do Ron Ron, Let It Be Me and many more.

An excellent musical score was perfectly teamed with an impressive cast of actor-singers and musicians all giving superb performances.

Some of my favourites were Ben James-Ellis Great Pretender and the a cappella renditions of some of the songs including Poetry in Motion.

With outstanding performances of classics such as Dream Lover, Let’s Twist Again and Teenager in Love plus a first-rate rendition of Runaway and Who’s Sorry Now by Ribi and Dorrance, this show is full of feel-good nostalgia. If you can snap up one of the few remaining tickets go for it – you won’t be disappointed.

The show continues tonight and tomorrow.

Rhonda Deal


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