Apr 02, 2012 by Brian Pearson
Months of hard work and commitment by the mammoth cast of over a hundred community actors, dance and drama students and members of Jigsaw Music Theatre paid off magnificently last week. Theatre in the Quarter’s community musical Unsinkable, produced in partnership with the Hammond School, played to sold-out houses and met with a hugely positive reception by audiences and critics.
“Wolfenden Brown and Baker’s epic community musical soars with emotion, from enjoyable Irish jigs to sweeping ballads, you can’t help but be swept away by this powerful musical…Once again Theatre in the Quarter prove just how important theatre is to the city of Chester and its local community in which it engages on a regular basis. With this epic musical, Artistic Director Matt Baker takes the company from strength to strength – the only disappointment is that it has such a short run!.” Reece O’Toole, The Public Reviews.
“Gargantuan, supreme, epic, phenomenal – just some of the words attributed to the new ship, the RMS Titanic, back in1912, which could equally describe ‘Unsinkable’, a 2012 retelling of the story of that fateful day in British maritme history.
Directed by Ruth Alexander Rubin, this joint producction between Theatre in the Quarter and the Hammond School is a gem…Everyone knows this show does not have a happy ending, yet when the sea dancers rush in through Judith Croft’s minimalist but hugely effective set and the searchlight highlights dead faces in the sea in the finale, shivers cannot fail to fly up the most hardened Titanic spine.” Jo Henwood, Chester Chronicle.
Thanks to everyone involved – you were all brilliant!