This show has all the ingredients for a great night out! Sugar..Flour and fantastic performances all around!
Yes Waitress is on tour in Newcastle and baking up a great show to see this week at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.
This was the first time I had seen this show in any form and if if you don’t know what it’s about then here goes.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This beautiful musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
I could talk about many of the cast and their performances in this but I’ll focus on the three leads on what was international womens day.
Chelsea Halfpenny takes on the lead role as Jenna. I love nothing more than a local talent treading the boards of their local theatre, and Gateshead born Halfpenny is quite simply wonderful in doing so. Eloquent, vulnerable, funny and hopeful, she transitions and displays the different elements of her life beautifully.
Sandra Marvin brought a fierce attitude and great friend as Becky. Marvin was hilarious throughout and had us laughing for many reasons.
Aimee Fisher on what was her professional debut as Dawn absolutely smashed it. I loved her geekiness and emotive performance and like the accompanying leads brought us laughs a plenty, especially in scenes with her love interest Ogie played by George Crawford.
The chemistry between all three Halfpenny, Marvin and Fisher was believable and a joy to watch.
A quick shout out to Matt Willis as Dr. Pomatter. An enjoyable performance for this nervous character who falls for our lead actress.
Ultimately this storyline however is one of a quite serious nature and despite the laughs and humour we get, it does well not to forget this, which was reflected in scenes between Halfpenny and abusive husband Earl played by Tamlyn Henderson.
Flashback and dream sequences were transitioned brilliantly and these moments helped to connect with Jenna’s character and thoughts.
Staging is fabulous. The changing of scenes are seamless. I loved the way ensemble cast were integrated into scenes and that the live band were there to see all show long on stage without being a distraction.
So take numerous amounts of great performances, mix into a great show, serve on a fantastic stage and voilà. A recipe guaranteed for a great night out!
Waitress plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tue 8 – Sat 12 Mar 2022. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.