Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 12°C


Review: Hairspray, The CTC Ipswich, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, until January 2

PUBLISHED: 09:50 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 02 January 2018

The Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Hairspray at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: MIKE KWASNIAK

The Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Hairspray at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: MIKE KWASNIAK

Mike Kwasniak Photography, 2017 -

Sometimes, just sometimes, a show is so good that it’s difficult to put together a full, professional review as you simply want to shout from the rooftops: “It’s brilliant! Buy tickets!” Such is the case with this joyous production of Hairspray from The Children’s Theatre Company.

The Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Hairspray at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: MIKE KWASNIAKThe Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Hairspray at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: MIKE KWASNIAK

Full of the special energy and heart that always comes from youth theatre, this musical also boasted a level of talent and quality of performance that any professional adult company would be proud of, with great vocals, great dancing and great storytelling from all involved.

Full of infectious enthusiasm and personality, Nancy Doubledee sets the standard from the start as the “short and stout” teen Tracy Turnblad who dreams of being a dancer on The Corny Collins Show and winning Miss Teenage Hairspray.

On her journey to love and stardom, Tracy fights for racial integration, empowers her mother, battles a catty love rival and ends up in jail, all without messing up her ‘do’.

From scene one and Good Morning Baltimore, Doubledee’s voice is pitch perfect and she captures the character and passion of Tracy beautifully throughout, especially the mooning over heartthrob Link – played here by the king of cheeky winks, Sam Brown – which is both funny and adorable (and after his bewitching rendition of It Takes Two, perfectly understandable).

Other stand out performances include the cool and charismatic Thomas Beattie as TV host Corny, the wonderfully quirky Maia Elsey as best-friend Penny, the superior Beth Hurry as Velma and who could forget the deep voice and shapely calves of Ben Kearney as Edna.

Special mention must also be made of the outstanding vocal performance by Vania Lima as Motormouth Maybelle.

This gifted young woman has a rich, soulful voice that exceeds her years and she knows how to use it as her incredible version of I Know Where I’ve Been proves.

In fact, the entire cast thoroughly deserved the standing ovation on opening night as the show is a joy from start to finish with slick dance numbers, fabulous costumes, great music and boundless energy.

Pure theatre magic and just a little bit naughty - the perfect antidote to those post-Christmas blues.

By Martine Silkstone

Read more: Back to the 60s with CTC Ipswich and hit musical Hairspray at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Ipswich Town fans saluted club legend Kevin Beattie with a minute’s applause at tonight’s match against Brentford.

Hundreds of knives have been taken off the streets of Ipswich in the shadow of a series of stabbings.

Ipswich’s railway station has been named the best large station in the country at the National Rail Awards.

A shoplifter who told a security officer and two other members of staff at a Suffolk store that she had AIDS after biting them has been jailed for 21 months.

A woman was left trapped following a collision with another car and an electricity pole in Sudbury.

A new supermarket chain is set to join Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, as a unit empty for seven years is finally getting a new lease of life.

The family of Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie have today thanked friends and fans for their outpouring of ‘amazing love and support’ since his sudden death.

Suffolk is being warned to expect high winds and a significant dip in temperatures as we near the weekend, marking the start of the real autumnal weather.

A mother has spoken of the torment caused by trespassers who snuck onto her property, moved security lights and lurked in the dead of night.

Tributes have been paid to Ipswich sports shop owner Malcolm Marriott, who has died after a lifetime of running shops in the heart of the town centre.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24