Here at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay for my 7th performance of this magnificent show that is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This musical has really surprised me, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. I knew I would enjoy it, but didn’t think to the extent that I could watch this every night and never get bored with it. I think it’s down to the amazing cast the production team has assembled, a massive credit to them.
Without further ado on to today’s performance. There are 6 child actors and actresses playing the roles of Jeremy and Jemima Potts. (Henry Kent, Hayden Goldberg and Elliot Morris playing Jeremy with Lucy Sherman, Caitlin Surtees and Darcy Snares as Jemima). I have to mention them as they are so brilliant, just like Billy Elliot previously, and have a lot of pressure on them to perform in front of huge crowds at the Centre. I suppose it’s hard enough for seasoned actors to stand on that huge stage and portray a good performance, with those masses of filled seats rising up as far as the eyes can see. But for young children to come out day after day and perform to the standard I’ve seen so far, is really incredible. And a huge credit to them, as some of them could be major stars of the future. Let’s keep this standard going and encourage our young stars for the work they can achieve in future years.
Of course if we are talking children, we have to mention the dreaded Childcatcher (played wonderfully by Matt Gillet). We first see him at the end of act one. His costume and makeup is really good and actually is a little scary, especially with the voice he has as well. Very authentic and chillingly good. In act two we see a lot more of him as he tries to take Jeremy and Jemima prisoner in his cage. Of course he gets his comeuppance as all baddies do, but still very convincing.
Finishing off the act is the lost children in the sewers, and as I always say these kids were brilliant and well deserve another mention for just being brilliant,(as I might have said in my first blog on Chitty). Again I have to say another great performance by all, well loved by a very pleased audience including me. Well that’s it for today, back next week for more Chitty, can’t wait.