Amélie – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Amélie – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review


Based on the five-time Oscar nominated film by french visionary Jean-Pierre JeunetAmélie tells the story of an extraordinary young woman who decides to intervenes in the lives of others to spread happiness and joy whilst in-turn struggling to find her own happiness.  Arriving at Eastbourne as part of a smash hit UK tour expectations were suitably high. Well I’m happy to say that Amiele is a real joy – a funny, charming and whimsical musical that revels in its quirkiness.   In fact it’s fair to say that You don’t so much watch Amelie as fall in love with it.

Jumping from one memorable tune to another, you quickly find yourself tapping your feel and exciting awaiting the next song. Also worth noting is Amelie’s unique staging, which very much sees the Orchestra as an integral part of both the show and cast. In all it just reinforces the dream like feel this musical has, as does the suitably bold, funny and smart direction.

The real win here however is Canadian lead Audrey Brisson who so perfect encapsulates the titular characters playfulness, leaping around the stage with seemingly boundless energy and excitement, that you almost could believe she was born to play this part.   As much as you quickly fall in love with Amelie as a musical, you certainly fall in love with Amelie the character first and foremost. Former Strictly star Danny Mac is also super charming as Amelie potential suitor and together the chemistry is nothing short of sparkling.  

So a combination of expert staging, captivating performances and catchy tunes make Amelie one of the most fun night outs I’ve had in ages, a show worthy of its considerable plaudits and expectations.  Highly recommended.

Starring: Audrey Brisson, Danny Mac, Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant. Directed by Michael Fentiman

Amélie is currently performing at The Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from Monday 09th September to Saturday 14th September 2019





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Mamma Mia (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mamma Mia (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Mamma Mia is an odd film.  I went through a whole range of emotions watching this movie – from hate to acceptance to tapping my & feet singing along.  I’m not sure I’d say I loved it but I certainly didn’t hate it like i thought I would.  It’s unpretentious, the cast are obvious having a blast and you almost can’t help getting caught up in it all. So I may be late to the party but it’s was (just about) worth the price of entry!

Best Bit: Meryl Streep

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sunshine on Leith, Rock Of Ages, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert


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Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Musicals!


Close but no cigar: Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

5 – Little Shop of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour!  The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos.  You’ll never go to the dentist again!


4 – The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever.  Films damn fine as well.

3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows. 


2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful.  It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today. 


1 – Grease
It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever.  It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.