Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts
In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 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-
After falling asleep Freddie finds himself within a real-
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-
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-
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 -