The Detail Dance Company and Potty Players, magical musical extravaganza ‘A Tale of Two Teapots,’ was performed over five nights at Lady Margaret’s Hall at Welbeck. I attended the opening night and from the moment the curtain went up the packed audience were treated to outstanding night of singing dancing and acting which was brilliantly performed by a mainly young and enthusiastic cast.
Written by mother and daughter Jo and George Dixon, with musical direction by 17-year-old Aaron Croucher who also co-wrote many of the lyrics, ‘A Tale of Two Teapots’’ is a story about a hand me down teapot with a broken lid which is sold at a car boot sale by the Alcock family to raise some extra cash. Inside the teapot by accident is the Alcock family’s winning Lottery ticket. Realising his mistake Tony Alcock appears on his local radio Station Blackbeat FM to make an appeal for the return of the teapot. This opens up wounds from a dormant past culminating in the finale which brings together the main cast where there is one final twist to the plot resulting in someone rejecting a gift horse, which then leads to a happy ending for somebody else.
Ian Bale gave a powerful performance as the devious and greedy DJ Joe Jenkinson, who finds a house owned by his late Father being lived in by Lizzie O’Sullivan, played by Jo Rixon whose role as this loving old lady was convincing and well-acted, we realise from the start there is an air of mystery about Lizzie O’Sullivan but this is not revealed until the finale when she turns out to have been Joe Jenkinsons long lost Mother. Isaac Savage gave a dynamic performance as teenager Jason Alcock, together with Penny and Paul Shepherd who brought humour to the role of his parents Tony and Viviane Alcock.
The Dancers are worthy of particular praise as is choreographer George Rixon who should be well pleased with her efforts in creating dance routines worthy of any I have seen in theatres up and down the country. I was particular impressed with the Lottery Dance routine which involved the dancers standing in a circle around the audience throwing Lottery balls to each other which was delivered with perfect timing and discipline.
The musical numbers were well sung although my only criticism was that at times the music was a little too loud that it seemed to drown out some of the words.
The stage area was well utilised with the Alcocks sitting room on one side of the stage and Radio Blackbeat at the other. The backdrop scenery was the front of a cottage, this opened up like a dolls house with two magical ballerinas pushing open the two split walls of the cottage to reveal a sitting room. The set design and the materials used were very authentic and together with bright and stunning costumes added a deep richness to the performance.
Detail Dance Company and the Potty Players have clearly put in a lot of hard work and dedication into producing this performance and they should be well satisfied with what they have achieved. If this is the sort of production they can deliver in a village hall then they should have no trouble performing to a much wider audience at the Palace Theatre. I look forward to their next production.