Dynamo Youth Theatre
New Theatre Royal,
WHILE it exhibits its origins as a
history teaching resource in its use
of sound archive, oral history and sprinkling
of historical facts, Dynamo Youth Theatre
have crafted a musical extravaganza
that mixes challenging subject matter
with sheer entertainment value.
A celebration of the indomitable spirit
of the people of England, and specifically
Pompey, during the Second World War,
this new musical explores fear of difference
set against the background I of the
war, evacuation and friendship strained
by nationality and class.
Confidently performed by an impressive,
and size- able, cast of youngsters,
the piece captivated its mixed audience
of very young to old. The production
was blessed with strong performances
from its leads as well as some .. outstanding
musical performances. An unexpected
show stopper was Stan the ARP man, performed
with great gusto and aplomb. This was
musical entertainment and ensemble playing
at its best.
Daily Echo - 7/1/08
Congratulations and thank you for a
superb, absorbing evening.
What a wonderful piece. It was all
there; it was humorous, poignant, thought-provoking,
it covered all the human aspects of
the war and was profoundly touching.
You were all amazing. What a privilege
it must be to work with the likes of
John Gleadall, Andrew Bowker and, no
doubt, many other stalwarts of the community.
Please, always remember the skills these
amazing people have taught you, the
time they have given for you and how
they have inspired you. Do try to pass
this on to future generations.
To: John, Andrew and co. - NEVER underestimate
the great value you add to these young
people's lives and what good grounding
you give them to become hard-working,
disciplined, responsible adults. Oh,
how I wish Dynamo had existed in my
All good wishes for the final performances
and I look forward to the next production.
Wendy Adams Evans
Performance Interactive Pursuits
Congratulations on another superb performance,
it took our breath away - well done
From David and Jay Porter
Many apologies that this note is so
long overdue. You did a terrific job
on 'Bombed Out' and your enthusiasm
and your talented team were a great
tribute to your work and vision. Congratulations.
This was real education not just in
Theatre but in History and most importantly,
Life! There was so much to challenge
and to think about and the insight into
WW2 was an invaluable one on many levels.
I was impressed too at the collaborative
effort in trust, interdependence and
teamwork, again invaluable abilities
to have nurtured. In addition to all
this, it was a compelling and entertaining
theatrical experience for each member
of the audience! Thank you.
I hope you are taking any opportunity
you can to recharge through this gloomy
January term. You must have had precious
little time for yourself over Christmas!
May 2009 prove happy and rewarding
With warm good wishes,
I just wanted to let
you know how much I enjoyed the show.
'Bombed Out' was one of Dynamo's best.
The cast were all excellent;
each member stood out as their own
character. The voices and choreography
I laughed and, as always,
cried! I left the theatre feeling
as though I had been lifted up and
had spent an evening of joy.
I have been meaning to write since
last Friday to say how much I enjoyed
the show at the New Theatre Royal.
I felt it was very much revisiting
my youth, from attending a panto at
the theatre to recalling the war days
in Pompey. I congratulate all concerned
on the production. The writer had certainly
put in a lot of research with so much
of the dialogue ringing true.
It was a difficult score and I thought
the young cast coped very well and hit
just the right note. I thought the little
lad that sang 'lonely' was excellent
- he was so confident and could go far
if he wanted to I feel.
I was telling Pauline, my friend across
the road, all about it - both she and
her husband came from Pompey - he was
at Portsmouth Grammar - the school mentioned
several times He however went to Scotland
with his mother to join his father who
was stationed in the Navy there. Pauline
was evacuated to Winchester. I was surprised
to hear in the script mention of the
Blue Anchor Pub in North End (where
I used to live) which was destroyed
by a direct hit in July 1940. The whole
family who ran it were killed including
the daughter who went to the same dancing
school as I did. Small world isn't it?.
I bet young Ben was tired by the time
the last performance was over — It was
a very adventurous production and considering
the age of the cast it was a most commendable
effort. The audience had every reason
to show their appreciation.