The stage presentation of Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel Hetty Feather will be available to watch for free on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel.
The presentation will be available to watch for 48 hours and is infused with live music and daring aerial feats.
Andy Howells reviewed Hetty Feather at Cardiff’s New Theatre in 2016:
Foster Families, Tyrannical Matrons, and a Travelling Circus
“You can be whoever you want to be” is the message that comes through in the musical adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel Hetty Feather.
The show follows plucky Victorian heroine, Hetty, through the trials and tribulations of her life. As a baby she was left at London’s Foundling Hospital and is now set on finding her mother, via foster families, tyrannical matrons, and a travelling circus.
Of course, in true Jacqueline Wilson style, there are a fair share of laughter and tears along the way with the story keeping one foot in the world of gritty realism as well as imagining the hopes and dreams of a Victorian Orphan.
Writers Emma Reeves and Sally Cookson along with composer Benji Power have breathed further magic into Jacqueline Wilson’s story book and brought Hetty’s story to life for the whole family to enjoy.
Envisaging Hetty’s dream of joining the circus, her story is related from a circus ring made up of hoops, ribbons and ropes and told through a talented team of five actors and three musicians via music, song and dance.
Phoebe Thomas As Hetty Feather
Phoebe Thomas heads the cast with an endearing dynamic portrayal of Hetty, which sees the actress literally pushed from pillar to post as the action unfolds. Her co-stars similarly follow through with dynamic performances, frequently doubling up as orphans or circus characters (including a particularly Python-esque circus slot as show horses).
The accompanying music provided by Luke Potter and Seamas H.Carey provided further atmosphere to the show, including a cheeky Victorian rendition of Eye of The Tiger accompanying the circus’ Strongest Man In The World routine.
Watch Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather For Free
Hetty Feather is available to watch for free on The Show’s Must Go On YouTube channel for 48 hours from 2pm, Monday December 28th 2020. You can watch it here.
Donations for worthwhile arts causes are encouraged.
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- US: https://broadwaycares.org/
- Australia: https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au/