Review: Opening night success for Dreamboats and Petticoats at The Playhouse

PUBLISHED: 23:28 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 23:28 18 September 2017

Alastair Hill and the cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography

Alastair Hill and the cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography

Pamela Raith Photography

Dreamboats and Petticoats opened at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare tonight (Monday) and a packed audience were transported back to the 1960s.

The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats. Picture: Pamela Raith The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats. Picture: Pamela Raith

This feel-good musical is celebrating 10 years since the albums the show is inspired by were released and there was certainly an air of celebration about the whole evening - and I will admit, I was on my feet bopping along at the end.

The story follows young musicians Norman and Bobby. The two are up against each other to win a national song-writing competition – and win the affection of Sue.

However, Bobby’s eyes wonder as he discovers the lovely Laura and her talent.

Bobby - played by Alastair Higgins - had a loveable edge to him, but he was also frustrating as you just wanted to tell Laura how he really feels about her, and not fall for Sue.

His voice was strong and his on-stage chemistry with Elizabeth Carter, who plays Laura, was undeniable.

Elizabeth played her part perfectly as everyone was hoping she would get her guy.

Her voice was so strong and pure and for it to come out of such a delicate woman was a shock to everyone - in a good way, of course.

She played her innocence well and her chemistry with both Bobby and Norman was wonderful to see. She made everyone like her.

Alastair Hill took on the role of bad boy Norman but his moves and voice made him irresistible - even to the audience.

His version of Let’s Twist Again means it will definitely be in my head over the coming days. He really stood out for me and was the actor I was left thinking about, in terms of his excellent portrayal.

But what was so great about this show, was there was something for everyone.

You don’t need to be a huge fan of 1960s music to enjoy this show. There is humour, excitement and a chance to dance.

The ensemble were all extremely talented and I would urge anyone who has never seen the show to go while they have the chance in Weston.

Dreamboats And Petticoats will be at The Playhouse. in High Street, from tomorrow (Tuesday) until Saturday at 7.30pm each night, and 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets, priced £28-33.50, are available by calling 01934 645544, or online via

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