..”a beautiful, unique piece of theatre which I believe deserves to run and run!”
Yesterday I managed to catch a matinee performance of Once. I’ve wanted to see Once for a while now, so I was very excited to see it! I’m so glad I did see it, because it’s a beautiful, unique piece of theatre which I believe deserves to run and run! The cast is made up of actor-musicians who are astoundingly talented.
I hadn’t seen the film of Once before watching the musical, so didn’t really know what to expect story and music wise. The story of once involves an Irish guy and a Czech girl who meet through a shared love of music. They begin to write music with one another, which sparks a romance that neither of them anticipated.
I was so impressed with Once. It’s so simple, yet so effective. There is only one set, but in my opinion this really works. Once is a production that doesn’t need lavish costumes and sets. The audience gets the songs flowing seamless throughout the show. This, of course, is helped by the fact that the cast all play instruments including the fiddle, guitar, drums, accordion and guitar alongside others! The actor-musicians all become part of the action.
Declan Bennett is perfect as Guy. His voice is beautiful and so powerful. I thought his relationship with Zrinka Cvitešić’s Girl was completely believable. Zrinka has a lovely voice and she acted the part perfectly. I thought she was incredibly endearing with fabulous comic timing.
I’m thrilled to see Phoebe Fildes is the first cover for Girl. I saw Phoebe in Michael Bruce’s Acoustic Sessions concert, and was blown away by her then. I may have to keep an eye out for her dates and see if I can catch her in the show.
The whole cast of Once are incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would highly recommend it if you want a decent, original theatre experience!