Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn, an orphan and shy amateur botanist, is taken in and works for Mr Mushnik, the owner of a run-down florists in a seedy part of Skid Row. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of his co-worker shop assistant Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the sun Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it and names it Audrey II, as the plant grows so does his relationship with Audrey.

Southey Musical Theatre Company were brave taking on this cult classic but I think they managed to pull it off and give it the performance that it deserved. With classic songs such a Feed Me!, Dentist! and Suddenly Seymour it’s a foot-tapping blast from start to finish.

The casting choices for this show were superb, Ben Loy as Seymour was spot on, you could really feel the nervous and slightly geeky energy emanating from him during the performance, at one point there was a prop malfunction with the Audrey II which caused the audience to laugh but Ben just styled it out and due to his great acting skills it appeared almost intentional. His on-stage chemistry with Ellie Needham who played Audrey was fantastic, both had exceptional voices and some of the best moments of the show were when they were on the stage together.

Robbie McGann as Orin Scrivello was brilliant, in fact my favourite performance of the night, managing to portray with apparent ease the sadistic dentist with a bit of a camp over the top comedy twist.

As good as all the cast were we all know who the real star of the show is and that’s Audrey II. The puppetry performed by Michael Anderson brought the prop to life and they got the voice so true to the movie it instantly took me back to when I first watched the film in my early teens.

The set captures well a florist shop in a run-down part of town which has obviously seen better days. The graffiti on the walls give the set an urban feel where you wouldn’t want to be out on your own on an evening.

There were a few technical hiccups with the sound, and the venue was echoey which had a negative effect on being able to hear the singers as their voices were sometimes drowned out by the band, which is a real shame as they had amazing voices. 

A really good production of Little Shop of Horrors that pays homage to the film in tone and style. The entire cast and production crew of the show are an extremely talented bunch with some exceptional singing voices. If you’ve got chance I’d highly recommend seeing this show before it completes its run.

Little Shop of Horrors is at the Theatre Deli until the 26th October. You can buy tickets here.

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