Review: Good Sound and Vision from sell out theatre show

Entertainment / Fri 23rd Feb 2018 at 10:05pm

By Adam Spartley

WITH a minimalist and abstract approach to stage scenery and just a handful of props used throughout, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads was always a one man show, and Alex Walton delivered.

Walton showed impressive agility in his character changes, and fleshed each persona out using his evident skills as a character actor, confidently weaving between the young Bowie-obsessed Martin and the other personalities with ease.

His back and forth as Martin and his local record shop owner raised genuine laughs from the audience, whilst his turn as the alcoholic mother was more distressing and sincere than it was pantomime.

Although his performance as the 18 year old protagonist did, at times, come across slightly more infantile than was needed, this gripe was redeemed by the emotional conviction he showed in the angst ridden teens heavier scenes.

For me, the performance and the dialogue outshone the story. The show never felt longer than its 75 minutes, but some of the plot progression was underwhelming, and left me feeling that the journey from Ibiza stopped just a few miles short of the Norfolk Broads.

Despite this, the production was engaging throughout, and Alex Walton thoroughly deserved the long applause he received from every single audience member at the end of the show.

The direction from Adrian Berry was solid; the musical references and visual projections were tasteful, and every facet of the almost bare stage was utilised in impressive fashion.

The songs that were used in the production were fantastic choices, and the perfect timing of David Bowie’s isolated vocals from Five Years served as a reminder to the audience that Bowie still has the power to steal the show more than two years after his death.

A strong and convincing voice over of Bowie by comedian Rob Newman allowed the music icon’s seductive wit to be at Berry’s disposal, which he used to great effect.

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is a confident and charming show that pulls a tireless tour de force from Alex Walton.

It may not be a retrospective of David Bowie’s life or his back catalogue, but this show does have the power to induce any Ziggy fanatic into a nostalgic haze of self reflection, and (more importantly) it succeeds in paying its respects to our much loved hero.

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