Review: Dolman Youth Theatre’ St Trinian’s, Dolman Theatre, Newport

Ronald Searle’s comic creations – the girls of St. Trinian’s are brought kicking and screaming into the 21st Century at the Dolman Theatre this week.

Recreating all the fun that made the movies of the 1950s family favourites, The Dolman Youth Theatre’s production of David Barrett’s script retains all the classic comedy with a hint of modernism.

The story follows new girl Trixie Pilkington–Witherspoon who is inducted into the Upper Third Girls “Sisterhood of Liberated Female Juveniles”. The girls have several crosses to bear including the boys from Trinity Tower that are invading their space, the strict Miss Broome, a strange looking Matron and two 5th year bullies in the shape of Kate and Clarissa.

Ellie Mumford displays a lot of comic charm as Trixie while Natty Neiring, Katie Yeo and Hollie Flannigan head the Upper Third Girls that stir up continual trouble for the fabulous Emma Trott’s fearsome Miss Broome.

Rhys Davies comical portrayal of St Trinian’s Head Mistress Trumpington-Trumpington gains many laughs throughout the show as do the marvellous two hander sequences featuring two of the shows younger stars Matthew Clifford and James Thomas – an aspiring double act if there ever was one!

As I left the theatre I overheard one lady remark of the ensemble cast “They are the future of the theatre” and she’s right, these young stars are a credit to the production team and certainly know how to put on an entertaining show for the whole family.

St Trinian’s continues until Saturday.

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