Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts

 In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013

Wolverhampton

1982 - 2013

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Talents add Zip to a first rate idea: Dream Raiders

Express & Star, 28.05.02

The latest offering by Wolverhampton's Zip Theatre is further proof of this company's talents. Written and directed by Lesley Beaumont, this production is a first rate piece of musical theatre and is currently touring secondary schools to tell youngsters why going to university is a smart way to a brighter future.

The group fuses popular culture, music and comedy in what is an excellent and thought-provoking show, pitched perfectly at its young audience. It begins with a group of friends meeting after school. The girls talk about why it's a good idea to get your homework done while the boys, led by Freddie (Colin Dixon) would sooner play computer games.

After falling asleep Freddie finds himself within a real-life computer-style game. He recruits his friends for help, although each seems to have undergone a transformation.

This is where Zip really gets the chance to shine, when Freddie's pals become Lara Croft (a superbly comical OTT performance by Dennis Ffrench), Harry Potter (played with suitable studiousness by Matthew Davies-Salter), Xena - Warrior Princess and Gabrielle (a cartwheeling double whammy from Eleanor Gordon-Gray and Kathy O'Connor). The lineup is completed by Clare Russell as Queen Armadillo, Mark Douglas as Freddie's nasty big brother Shredder-Obstacullus and Lesley Beaumont as a perky Scottish professor.

There is much to appeal to youngsters and, as ever with Zip, it is presented in a magnificently professional and enthusiastic manner.

Painful look at women in jail: Rattling

Express & Star, 17.11.01

Realistic, gritty and hard-hitting sum up Zip Theatre's new play Rattling - the portrayal of four women prisoners involved in drugs and prostitution. Just a look round the audience showed how this powerful production, which involved the actors researching material with women inmates at Brockhill Prison, near Redditch, was getting through to both young and old.

Rattling, which is referred to in the play as the feeling when coming off drugs, as well as conjuring up the image of one going mad in a cage, tells of painful individual battles and the downward spiral of their predicament. The play attacks the system, through actual words taken from the inmates themselves, for not providing enough support for women in prisons when they come out.

Certainly a show with a difference with narration and role playing within a play. Excellent performances all round but particularly moving was the compelling Lesley Beaumont, who remained teary eyed throughout - along with members of the audience.

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