You give a little love and it all comes back to you! – Bugsy Malone at Clayesmore Prep
Clayesmore Prep’s Head of English, Mrs Suzanne Chinnock writes:
‘With custard pies ready and splurge guns poised, the prep’s production of ‘Bugsy Malone’ took us back to the New York of the 1920s.
The prohibition was in place but eager audiences were invited to step through the doors of that infamous speakeasy: Fat Sam’s Grand Slam. Here they met Fat Sam himself (played brilliantly by Eliza J) and a young singer with stars in her eyes and her sights set on Hollywood – Blousey Brown (played perfectly by Louise G). The cool and collected Bugsy (a flawless Edward R) was around to save the day and even offer Blousey tickets to Hollywood. Tallulah (a fiesty Megan D) wasn’t happy about this at all, while the devious Dandy Dan (played expertly by Josh M) had his sights set on ruining Fat Sam.
All’s well that ends well though, and with ‘custard’, splurge and silly string aplenty, this production ended with the most glorious (and messy!) of finales. Audiences over the three nights were delighted with the entertainment, enjoying toe-tapping numbers such as ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’ and ‘We could’ve Been Anything That We Wanted To Be’, and hanging on to every note of the more soulful numbers such as ‘Ordinary Fool’ and ‘Tomorrow’. The choreography, technical, backstage and make-up aspects of this production were almost completely pupil-led. With a cast of over 80, including actors, dancers, chorus and crew, ‘Bugsy Malone’ was a roaring success!’