ASL present The Greatest Showman
Victoria Hall Theatre
Review by Chris Vince
IF you were lucky enough to get tickets for the ASL performance of ‘This is Me’ this weekend then you were in for a treat. Not only was the performance thoroughly entertaining, with plenty of opportunity for the audience members (including this one) to get up and clap along, but also heart warming and emotional. There weren’t many people who left the Victoria Hall Theatre in Old Harlow with a dry eye!
For those who don’t know ASL (Aspire Support Learn) run a tea room and day centre for adults with learning difficulties and their wonderful theatre performance, which is in its third year, has sprung from this. ‘This is Me’ was their own twist on ‘The Greatest Showman’ with a number of the films songs having a special meaning to these very special performers. All the cast looked incredible in their ring master outfits.
It would be impossible for me to single out a single performer as they were all fantastic. What was great about the show was that everyone got the opportunity to spend some time on centre stage and you could see from every individual performance how much they were enjoying themselves. Speaking to Michelle, ASL founder, after the show she said how much shows like this have helped her ASL team come out of their shells and increase their own self confidence. This is another wonderful example of Harlow at its best. Truly inclusive and with a strong community spirit.
So in no particular order a huge well done to Marc, Hayley, Lloyd, Aaron, Sasha, Kathy, Siobhan, Jamie, Emma, Shelly, Kathy, Chloe and Matt. You are all stars!
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