Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was performed by Robinson’s Brickhouse Theatre Company at Robinson College, Cambridge. The hit musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is brought to life by the cast and crew made up of Cambridge University students, featuring a children’s chorus. This musical – wel-known to many – tells the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, from the destructive jealousy of Joseph’s brothers to Joseph’s wonderful ability to interpret dreams, which ultimately leads to his freedom following his imprisonment in Egypt.
The lively show begins with fun, vibrant music from the band, before the audience were bombarded with the energy and vivacity of the cast bounding onto the stage. The movements are beautifully choreographed and well-performed by the cast, drawing the audience into the action taking place in the musical. The three handmaidens in particular stand out with their technical performance and passionate dancing.
The child actors the company use certainly add to the production with their cute faces and youthful singing. This also gave the performance a more rounded, professional feel. The chorus also performed well, with lots of energy which contributed to the often dramatic changes in mood throughout the musical. The audience is taken on an emotional journey, plunged into darkness when Joseph finds himself in prison, and later elevated by the sheer joy and happiness radiating from the cast as the neat, happy ending prevails.
A special mention must go to the strong performances from the principle characters: the narrator (Jodie Russell) had a sweet voice which framed the narrative well. Joseph himself (Harry Normanton) was portrayed vividly and expressively. James Ward, playing Jacob/Potiphar had a deep voice which carried through the auditorium wonderfully. He combined this with energetic ‘Elvis’ dancing to make for a fabulous comedic performance. Overall, a light-hearted and thoroughly entertaining show!
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