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Godspell (Patch Of Blue Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

This 1971 musical based on parables from the Gospel of Matthew – a story most are vaguely familiar with – is brought into the 21st century with a Peter Pan and the Lost Boys feel. The piece is a fable, but it somehow avoids any potential preachy undertones – or, indeed, overtones. Displaying an interactive spirit, the cast even offer round wine at one point. Energy and charisma exude from the ensemble throughout; there are no weak links as they coolly pluck at one instrument after another, and Tom Mackley’s canny portrayal of Jesus is worthy of special mention. ‘Godspell’ is utterly mesmerising for those who believe in musicals, and those who don’t.

C, 3 – 29 Aug, 7.45pm (9.00pm), £5.50 – £11.50, fpp171.
tw rating 5/5