Zena Al Maskari

Review of A Fiddler on the Roof

I must admit, I’d only ever seen the film adaptation of A Fiddler on the Roof as a child, and so I didn’t really know what to expect. This show has definitely been one of the best I have ever seen.

 

The first thing that struck me when I stepped into the Everyman was the atmosphere. I don’t mean to sound cliche, but there was something magical and warm about the venue. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, and it’s extremely well-located. I hadn’t been before, but I will definitely be going again.

The first thing that struck me when I stepped into the Everyman was the atmosphere. I don’t mean to sound cliche, but there was something magical and warm about the venue. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, and it’s extremely well-located. I hadn’t been before, but I will definitely be going again.

 

 

The stage set-up was very unique: it was situated in the centre of the room with the audience seated completely surrounding it like an ampitheatre. I was initially concerned that this would affect the actors’ ability to maintain stage presence, but as the performance progressed my doubts were certainly proven unfounded. Every member of the audience was felt to be included and a part of the show, by the sheer power of presence emulating from every cast member. We clapped along, cheered, laughed and some even cried. The energy from stage was contagious.

 

I also really liked the use of props which were simple yet so effective. I was surprised to see that the actors would carry and move props themselves rather than stage hands, and I thought this would allow room for error. But again my concerns were proven unfounded as the show went on without a single hiccup (at least as far as the audience is aware).

 

 

The highlight of the show was definitely the singing. I was moved by the emotion and passion expressed by the cast when they sang. The actors truly gave it their all and that is something everyone expects from a real artist. I also love that there were musicians playing live, and they played perfectly. The musicians and singers genuinely sounded like they were using a pre-recorded soundtrack, the music was that perfect. A Fiddler on the Roof is famous for its songs, and I can see why after watching this performance. I’d often look around at the audience and could see many, like myself, moved by the talent and passion expressed in the music.

 

I was also extremely impressed with their ability to belt out the numbers whilst twirling, leaping, jumping, and moving heavy props. If there were any mistakes during the performance, I did not notice them. The actors really embraced their characters, and their passion and energy was utterly infectious.

 

I left the theatre overwhelmed by the talent I had just been lucky enough to witness. From the stage props to the enrapturing vocals, the performance was executed perfectly. A Fiddler on the Roof was truly an astounding performance by a truly talented cast.

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