SOUTH Pacific impressed this week when it opened at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Former EastEnders’ actress Samantha Womack leads the cast of the iconic musical, which runs until May 26.
For most theatregoers it is the sheer scale of the production which stands out. The musical features two love stories on two different islands, dazzling sets, a live orchestra and a massive cast (on stage there is around 30 actors at some points).
The story, which is based on the original 1940’s production, tackles the serious issue of race and discrimination – something which is sadly still relevant today, more than 50 years after the show first opened.
Songs such as ‘Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’ are extremely catchy and the show is laugh out loud funny at times.
A particular highlight is Fairford Leys 11 year old Esther Smith, who was chosen to appear in the production after an open audition earlier this year. She even gets the honour of opening the show, along with her on-stage brother.
The backdrop is incredible, depicting the gorgeous blue sea and picturesque South Pacific islands – which are obscured by clouds as the story gets more tense. The War room scene and it’s giant map work extremely well. It was also great to see The Waterside at full capacity, something which (sadly) doesn’t happen often enough. I also liked the idea of the cocktails outside in the foyer.