Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
There is nothing normal about Matt Byrne’s production of ‘The Addams Family’, but that is the point. This macabre tale about a gothic family with a taste for all things dark is fabulous. Beneath this tale lies a story of acceptance and family togetherness. Most would be familiar with the successful television show of the 60s and this musical has all the usual suspects, with a straight laced family from Ohio thrown in for good measure.
What make this production come alive is not only the talented cast, but the production crew who clearly have spent many hours making sure this show is visually enticing. Anthony Dal Santo claims to have a passion for horror and it shows in his design. Attention to detail was evident, from ghostly costumes to a mesmerising lighting plot. Ian Barge and Mike Phillips years of lighting experience added an eerie feel to the evening.
Casting well known characters is no easy feat, but Byrne has successfully assembled a cast that serve our memories well. Michael Coumi is fantastic as Gomez Addams, his comic timing and stage presence is a highlight. Morticia Addams is brought to life by Emma Bargery, her performance is sedated and sexy, her vocals demanding attention. Sophie Lee Hamilton delights in her role as Wednesday and Jamie Hornsby as Uncle Fester and Fiona Aitken as Alice both add a comic touch. The talented chorus of players added depth and charm.
This is one creepy show that is sure to delight.