What would happen if everyone over 18 just disappeared? What would happen to the ones let behind – the babies and children and teenagers? What would they do with no doctors, policemen, electricity or water? How would they keep going on their own?
Originally written as a musical, Orphans Galore was a curious play, with an odd storyline and an insubstantial plot. These problems were a bit of a let down, as the young people’s acting was superb, and the general atmosphere created by them was rather realistic.
As this play had been adapted from the original musical version, some bits of the play were lost without the music, and too many parts were unnecessarily emphasised. Although the opening scene of the play did explain the general situation, being plunged straight into a mass of sobbing children with no real idea of what was going on was quite confusing.
However, even with the slightly off storyline, the acting was fantastic, and made the play much more enjoyable. One of the best performances given was from the main character, Jafe, as played by James Kelly gave him a sort of mysterious edge. All of the actors spoke well, notably Miranda Mackay who played Kev, as she leapt about the stage with much enthusiasm and brightness. The cast’s expression, clarity and emphasis were impressive, given the rather bad play they were given.
Overall, I felt that this play was not very interesting, but entertaining enough, and that I would only recommend it to young people. I do not, however, feel that the actors did a bad job at all, and I definitely look forward to the next play they put on, as I’m sure it will show of their skills much better than this rather disappointing play.
This review was brought to you by The Unit’s Young Reviewers Club, supporting young people to get access to a range of gigs and cultural events and activities in and around Salisbury. For more information on The Unit, see their website here.