1918 The Untold Story – Hills Youth Theatre

1918 The Untold Story – Hills Youth Theatre

On a wet and windy night, travelling to Stirling was not a pleasant proposition, however the end result was worthwhile.  I always love seeing youth being given the opportunity to perform and grow.  The subject matter of this production certainly allowed for this to happen.  The research that they would no doubt have had to undertake would have been terribly confronting on all sorts of levels. 

I believe all the cast not only performed their roles well, but would have felt deep emotional ties with the characters they were portraying.  Some of the issues faced by the characters would have been extremely confronting and they handled them with maturity well beyond their years. 

Whilst I am reluctant to single any one performance out over any other as I believe they were all great, one particular character really got to me with the emotion and insanity of the time and that was the role of Mrs Shultz.  I commend all cast on their performances and hope to see many of you in the future in other endeavours.

My one and only criticism would have been the length of the show.  When a performance is promoted as not having an interval, it should be kept under the 2 hour threshold.  There were a number of scenes that perhaps could have been deleted and not made any impact on the powerful performances.  Alternatively find a mid-point and allow the opportunity for the audience to catch their breath.

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This production was reviewed by:

Jacqui Wall
Involved in theatre since 1980, with Scout Performing Arts then later branching out to TASA companies. Jacqui has been involved in many aspects of theatre including: cast, directing, production and stage management and most other departments. Jacqui has been fortunate to learn lighting from some of the best including Bill Everett of Apollo Lighting.

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