Join the sixties celebration

Dreamboats and Petticoats
Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dreamboats and Petticoats - Derngate Theatre - Review by Amanda Chalmers

The show that pays tribute toone of the most dynamic decades in music history, has returned to the Northampton stage.

And I defy anyone not to get swept away with the atmosphere of this fantastic theatrical occasion.

Jam-packed with the very bestsounds of the sixties, Dreamboats and Petticoats is a fabulous feast of the rock ‘n’ roll era.

It follows the central characters of the young Bobby, Ray, Laura, Sue and Donna in their quests for – often unrequited – love, set against a soundtrack that defined that very generation and provided a vital outlet for teenage angst.

The music, all of which is played live by cast members, is cleverly weaved around the storyline.

And you don’t have to be of a certain age to appreciate such memorable hits as these: Shakin’ All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Who’s Sorry Now, Poetry In Motion, Do You Wanna Dance, Dream Lover, Great Pretender, It’s My Party, Teenager In Love, Only Sixteen, Let’s Twist Again, At The Hop. . . the playlist is a long and familiar one.

The cast of singers, dancers and musicians is teeming with talent and work hard to produce this effervescent showcase that celebrates the sixties.

Particular mention must go to Hannah Boyce whose portrayal of lovelorn Laura is a delight.

Fine performances all round though and vocal and choreography are finely polished throughout.

A big shout out too, to director Bob Thomson who, along with his team, including Keith Strachan (co-director and musical supervisor) and Carole Todd (assistant director and choreographer), have produced a musical gem. Don’t be misled. This may be a show about the sixties but, whatever your age, this is a show which has something for everybody. Not to be missed. Dreamboats and Petticoats plays until February 1.