As the audience settled down in anticipation of being taken back in time to the days of the suffragettes and chimney sweeps, the lights illuminated a stunning backdrop and the whole cast strode out wearing ‘Votes for Women’ sashes. The opening song was just a prelude to a magnificent production.
“Practically Perfect In Every Way” Mary Poppins (Aaryan D) flew out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children Michael (Oscar W) and Jane Banks (Sami A). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Kemji M-L), the spirited nanny turned every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.”
The beleaguered George Banks (Andrew A) and his wife Winifred (Dillan S) struggled to retain a nanny because the children’s antics caused each one to leave. Various calamities struck the household as the hapless Robertson Ay (Tomi O) and the over zealous Mrs Brill (Jay S) tried to keep the domestic side of life running. As George spent too much time at work making decisions to ensure the bank made money, he neglected the opportunity to fly a kite with his children.
Throughout the production the singing (accompanied by Mr Singleton) and dancing (choreographed by Miss Allanson) were a pleasure to witness. Aaryan in the lead role flew high in the hall with consummate ease and combined the magic of the role with confidence. There were many highlights including Niyan K’s rendition of ‘Feed the Birds’ and the stunningly dressed Mrs Corry (Ayaan K) whose shop was filled with brightly coloured bewigged customers who encouraged the audience to join in the toe-tapping ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.
As Mary Poppins left the household because she felt her work was done, the ‘holy terror’ of Miss Andrews, played with real menace by Deeyan S, returned to haunt Mr Banks. Brimstone and Treacle were the order of the day, but luckily Mary returned to resolve everything with a ‘spoonful of sugar’ and send Miss Andrews packing.
At the bank Von Hussler (Nishaan P) got his comeuppance as his money-making scheme collapsed. George had chosen the upstanding John Northbrook (Ruben M) to invest with and create huge profits for the Chairman (Dhru P) and a massive pay increase.
With the Banks family learning to put family first, this feel-good show reinforced everything that St Martin’s values. Teamwork was at the heart of it, led by Ms O’Farrell-Bernays. Thank you to her and her colleagues, as well as the boys, for a most enjoyable show.Return to news