Havering College at Brentwood Theatre
Havering College, with an established reputation for Dance and Drama, showcased two student pieces for a Brentwood audience.
First, Distraction Leads To Destruction, staged by the Horizons Group. A kaleidoscope of styles here, starting in Africa, and moving through a crowded tube train [nicely observed] to the women's movement, cyber-bullying and office wage-slaves. An impressive duo danced to “Ain't Nobody”, and a trio of red dresses performed to “Save You Tonight”. Other inspirational tracks included Mr Zip's “Where Me Phone” and Bill Withers' “Lonely Town”.
Behind Closed Doors, from the Interaction Performance Company, was a witty whodunnit set in the Diamond Hotel. The victim is diva Anna Star [Anna Dunk] - “when she's inoxicated she's actually very good”. Lots of lively character work: the feisty receptionist [Vicky Dordoy], the chambermaid [Della Smith]. Ryan Claydon was the token bloke – a very famous footballer. He made a good stab at a rather clichéd confessional monologue. A cleverly devised showcase for the varied talents of this A-level group.