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lime Theatre Review: Once

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EDITOR - Vernia Mengot

Reporter: EDITOR  - Vernia Mengot

When a friend invited me to accompany her to the theatre, I was in no mind to pass up an opportunity to join. Totally uneducated about the production we were off to see, I am pleased to say that though I was yet to hear about it, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 


Once is the hit Broadway musical, based on the 2006 independent film of the same name; which tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both of them are musicians and their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. With the scene set up like one, all the actors never actually leave the stage, but instead they take a pew on the sides to play instruments throughout the production, much to the audiences delight. All of the characters are witty, funny and an accurate portrayal of how you would expect them to be. I loved the romance and warmth of the play and there were a few times I found myself teary-eyed. Thankfully there was an interval just before I reached for the tissues, where the audience where invited on stage to grab a drink, yes that’s right- the set pub was an actual pub! After a quick break the show continued with more Irish harmonies and a couple of cheeky tunes. 

Overall Once can be considered a fantastic musical, with charming music and wonderful song in my book, it’s certainly no wonder that my friend and I were keen to get our hands on the soundtrack the next day. 

Info: Until 30 November 2013. Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP. www.phoenixtheatrelondon.co.uk/once

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