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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Review

Published: 2nd November 2018 10:01

It was the opening night of CCADS' performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang last night at the Kings Theatre and it's easy to see why this amateur dramatics group is award-winning.

From beginning to end, this show is colourful, lively and absolutely joyous.

Although I have seen their work before, I certainly didn't expect to see such a highly professional production such as this with top class actors, singers and impressive sets  - who needs the West End when you have such amazing shows right here in Portsmouth?

Based on the 1968 film, the story about a famous car which is loved by the Potts family and wanted by the Baron of Vulgaria takes us on a musical adventure across land and sea with plenty of fun along the way.

Jeremy and Jemima played by Casper Horn and Lilly-Mae Hewett both performed as true professionals and their excellent young vocals lifted the songs so well, particularly Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. They are budding stars and have a bright future. 

Caractatus Potts played by John-Paul McCrohon, who also directed it, was a lovely, warm character whose rendition of Hushabye Mountain was so moving and his Morris Men dance (Me Ol' Bamboo) a hoot. 

As well as being Truly Scrumptious, Rhian Gardner was simply delectable in a role that seems to be made for her. Such stunning vocals, she was a perfect choice.

I think I have found my favourite baddies of all time. Matt Sackman and Sean Ridley were just hysterical as the Vulgarian Spies . Their exaggerated comedy meant they were always a hit with the audience wherever they popped up.

Another fantastic double act was the Baron and Baroness Bomburst of Vulgaria. They were so funny and their perormance of the famous Chu Chi Face was spot on.

Other highlights to watch out for are the sewer children, the childcatcher, the inventors and a few furry friends along the way. And of course, don't forget Chitty - very creatively done and the audience was impressed.

A packed theatre for this local group which started in 1992 as a small church group in North End is testament to their hard work, enthusiasm and their obvious love for their art. The audience was delighted and you will be too.

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