The Addams Family - QBMTS

A wonderful company, providing first class entertainment.

Having previously seen two professional productions of The Addams Family, I was delighted to be invited to the QBMTS production to see their take on this great musical comedy.  Not only was it a complete joy from start to finish, but I would go as far to say that this was the best amateur production I’ve seen to date.

Let’s start with the quite incredible principal cast.  Tom Robinson as Gomez was particularly smooth in his portrayal of the head of the Addams family, with a fantastic voice able to handle all songs throughout.  By his side was Sarah Coussens as the sexy, sultry and seductive Morticia.  Played magnificently, gliding across the stage and delivering some witty lines, Coussens really does shine on stage and its clear she is very comfortable performing.  Wednesday Addams was played by Bella Cook.  She blew me away with her vocals during ‘Pulled’ and ‘Crazier Than You’, a true star in the making.  Robyn Georgina Harding as Pugsley oozed star quality.  With not too much dialogue throughout the show, Harding was able to make her mark with great stage presence, and once again is definitely at home on stage.

Now, let’s move on to the rest of the principal cast who really do deserve a mention.  Carl Cook as Fester was a treat.  Offering a soft, sweet side, compared to the rest of the Addams’, Fester’s character wants nothing more than love and Cook was able to bring such warmth to the character that you were rooting for him throughout.  Jo Tranter as Grandma totally embodied the character, looking every inch the part and providing some great comical moments.  Not forgetting James Merris as Lurch, a character that famously communicates via grunts and moans, Merris was able to bring Lurch completely to life, impressing with a wonderful vocal at the end of the show.

The story centres around Wednesday Addams who falls in love with a ‘normal’ boy, Lucas (Alex Brettell).  The families are set to meet due to their impending engagement.  Wednesday confides in her father about the engagement, but asks him to keep the secret from Morticia, however secrets have never been kept between the pair and marital bliss is thwarted.  The Beineke’s arrive at the rather ‘different’ house in New York occupied by the Addams family and of course two worlds collide.  Alex Brettell as Lucas gave a polished performance, from the impressive American accent, to the wonderful vocals, Brettell is again another shining star (this show is full of them!).  Alice (Hattie Rudge) and Mal (Jon Ranwell) play the long-married couple whose spark has gone out, however not until Alice drinks a potion meant for someone else, does she lose all inhibitions and goes to town on her husband detailing all his short comings. 

Rudge, for me, was the absolute stand out in this show.  Playing the bubbly, slightly dim character of Alice, it felt like she had been playing this role for years.  She was completely natural, gave a wonderful comedic performance and commanded the stage throughout.  A real joy to watch!

This show is an ensemble piece and thankfully the ensemble cast of ‘The Dead’ supplied some wonderful moments of tight and free flowing choreography (Zoe Russell).  The staging, supplied by UK Productions was of great quality and transported you inside the Addams Family house.  The costumes (Leo’s Theatrical Costumiers) and the wigs/make up (Paul Harrington & Amy Pearson) really finished the overall professional look of the show.

It was an absolute pleasure to see the whole cast performing so passionately, a true love of theatre shone straight off the stage, and I would like to applaud everyone involved at QBMTS.  A wonderful company, providing first class entertainment.

The Addams Family runs at the Brierley Hill Civic Hall until Saturday 10th June 2023.  Tickets are available here: https://seaty.co.uk/addamsfam 

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Photo credit: Phil Timms 

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