LAST night was the first night of the Thurrock Thameside Musical Society’s production of Guys and Dolls. Unfortunately the theatre lay two thirds empty. With the show on for another four nights, the signs are not good.
That has been the worrying trend for many amateur groups in the borough during the recession.
On monday, a yourthurrock reporter was in the Thameside Theatre when a member of the taxpayer-funded group approached him and asked if they would be covering the show. The reporter replied that, unlike other esteemed organs, they hadn’t received a press release but they would be happy to film a pre-piece and review the play as well.
The actor introduced the reporter to the Director. The Director wasn’t too keen.
He said: “Oh, we would have to run it through the Chairman and he wasn’t happy with the criticism last time…”
Most seasoned am dram review watchers will say. Hey, all am dram reviews have to be gushing hagiographies to each and every person from “Beryl who polished Nathan Detroits shoes to the guy who played Nathan Detroit better than Marvin Brando” (sic).
Last year, our reporter wrote a very fair, well-balanced review. He did point out that the sound wasn’t great. Because..the sound wasn’t great. The company pointed out that the mic’s weren’t anything to do with them. Fair comment on both sides.
So, there you have it. YourThurrock will not be joining the massed ranks of the media throng all queueing to review Guys and Dolls. We understand that there are no plans for news organisations to review their play at all.
With cuts running deep and wide to the public sector in Thurrock, we wish them well, when they apply for Arts Council funding next year. Luck may have to be lady that night….