All eyes are on the Everyman as the 14 actors of the new repertory theatre begin their season with Fiddler on the Roof. The repertory company aim to showcase their many talents and skills as well as the versatility of each of these actors and this production does not disappoint.
The new Everyman Theatre has given Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz all the freedom she needs to be able to create any type of theatre experience, so as you walk into the auditorium the first thing you will notice is that it is in the round. The actors have eight entrances and exits enabling very quick scene changes and plenty of running about, as this is a very busy production with the many musical numbers and there are some detailed and very well choreographed dances.
Taking the role of Tevye is Patrick Brennan who plays a very charming husband and father of five daughters. He is well paired with Melanie La Barrie as his wife Golde, who gets many of the laughs from the audience with her no nonsense attitude towards her husband. These two are lovely to watch and provide much of the drama as well as the comedy throughout.
There is a real energy that comes from the cast, who are all strong in vocals, movement and quick with dialogue. Many wonderful sequences throughout that have been choreographed beautifully by Tom Jackson Greaves and pairs well with the orchestra, all help to create a beautiful atmospheric setting. This is a good start for what is going to be a very exciting season at the Everyman.