Redeveloped and refined, The Quentin Dentin Show is back after receiving stellar feedback for its original run. Blending science fiction into musical theatre, this show is a crazy interstellar rollercoaster from the first beat. Through non-naturalistic elements we are invited into a world that is similar to one giant acid trip. Adam Lenson directs this musical theatre extravaganza that is a success from start to finish.
The Tristan Bates Theatre is not an easy space to perform in, and if one is not careful it has the capability to swallow up performers. A smart choice is made by designer Alice Simonato to lie out carpeted flooring – this clearly dictates where the performance space is and prevents the piece from being trapped in its black box setting. Despite there being a lot of set pieces present, the stage never seems cluttered, but instead looks neat and allows Caldonia Walton’s wonderful choreography to really be given the space to breathe.
The cast seem at ease performing and work together to generate a tight-knit ensemble vibe. The two friends, Freya Tilly and Lottie-Daisy Francis stand out in their own right, but also provide excellent support for the show’s lead, Luke Lane, who plays the title role. His Quentin Dentin is a mixture of game show host, and cabaret queen, with an impressive vocal capability. Lane is perfectly cast for this part, and is a natural on stage.
The Quentin Dentin Show is a science fiction musical that contains so much humanity. Combing the epic and internal, the real and imagined, this show is definitely on the right tracks to achieve wider acclaim. Not all of the songs are a success, and at times the technical timing isn’t correct, but it doesn’t matter, as the audience is so enthralled that they seem not to notice. The cast aren’t afraid to be bold with their creative decisions, and give performances that are full of charm. The Quentin Dentin Show is the future of musical theatre, and I hope that this piece has a bright and fortunate life.
Cast: Luke Lane, Shauna Riley, Max Panks, Freya Tilly, Lottie-Daisy Francis Director: Adam Lenson Writer: Music and Lyrics by Henry Carpenter, book by Henry Carpenter & Tom Crowley Theatre: Tristan Bates Theatre Dates: 20th June – 29th July 2017