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Nostalgic Dreamboats and Miniskirts!

Published by: Thia Cooper on 9th Oct 2014 | View all blogs by Thia Cooper


I had had a horrible day!  The sort of day that needs something really special to put things back into perspective!  Thanks goodness then for my theatre night to see Dreamboats and Miniskirts at Milton Keynes Theatre!!

This delightful,  light hearted  60’s musical, is the sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats and for the audience (of a certain age!) it is pure nostalgia.  The world changed so much during that decade!  And looking round the audience, the majority did seem ‘of a certain age’, including me!

Having failed to hit the hot spot with Dreamboats and Petticoats, Bobby and Laura need something to inspire them to try again to join the ranks of groups such as The Beatles.  We follow the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of that quest.

It was pointed out to the audience, that everything was sung and played live!  Challenging?  This  cast did it with ease.   They all seemed to be multi-talented!  The band doubled as backing singers and actors, the two girl saxophonists, played flute and clarinet too, acted,  and sang.  In fact all the cast did everything to a high standard!

The fashions brought back great memories too, although I think they could have been emphasised more in the first half as the second half was obviously based on the ‘Mary Quant’ look and were more authentic!

It seems unfair to mention individual performances, as they were all outstanding!  However, some of the renditions of the songs stand out.  Every song that included Tony (Alan Howell) benefitted from his smooth baritone voice.  ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ sent shivers down my spine!  The simple guitar accompaniment (played by him) was a lovely contrast from the loud rocky numbers it followed.  The band was too loud at times, but it didn’t spoil anything.

Norman (Ross William Wild, a dynamic performer) and Bobby’s (Alex Beaumont) rendition of ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ was also stunning as was Laura (Elizabeth Carter), Sue (Louise Olley) and Donna’s (Anna Campkin) version of ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’.  Beautiful harmonies!

The production featured all our favourite 60s rock ‘n’ roll hits which left us singing all the way home!!

If you get the chance, see it, especially if you need cheering up as I did!


Monday 6 to Saturday 11 October


Weds & Sats Mats 2.30pm

Tickets £10 to £35

0844 871 7652


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Thia! If you need cheering up, there is no entertainment medium that can do that better than Live Theatre!!
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