Review: Treason The Musical at Sheffield LyceumPosted by: Sam Pegg
All photographs courtesy of Danny Kaan
Remember, remember the fifth of November…
We had the pleasure of reviewing this fantastic show and let me start by saying, it left us speechless.
A clever performance executed magnificently.
We watch as the shadows of time take us through the story narrated by Fawkes himself (played brilliantly by Gabriel Akamo). We advance through the retelling of this important story within the hours he gets to tell it, until we eventually land ourselves in real-time to a sad but significant ending. This show has great depth, we must remember the 5th November… but what we potentially did forget, is how it came to be. We feel the urgency from Fawkes as he glides through the story, we’re left eager to know more whilst also finding out details we may never have known. Perhaps it would have been more fulfilling to know a backstory of Fawkes himself, but in the urgency of him telling the intriguing tale, maybe it wasn’t all that relevant.
Sam Ferriday plays the part of Thomas Percy and we are instantly struck by the emotions Ferriday pours into his performance. We see a man who is not quite sure on his purpose but is determined to make a difference for the future generations. Ferriday played the part with boldness throughout and we could feel his anger and frustration as the story unfolded. Following in the plans of Robert Catesby (played by Connor Jones) to blow up the Houses of Parliament in order to ‘fight fire with fire’. We watch as Percy, Catesby, Jack Wright (played by Kyle Cox) and Big Wintour (played by Alfie Richards) act on their plans and stand for what they believe is right. Ferriday paired perfectly with Nicole Raquel Dennis who plays Martha Percy, both voices were strong and their battle with love and their belief in what is right is effective.
Martha’s character is an interesting one. She is wanting change but is restricted and reserved but what she believes is right - a conflict with her husband. It’s played very well, and to take us on this adventure seemed smooth and effortless but one that must have been a challenge to get it spot on in practice.
Anne Vaux (played by Emilie Louise Israel) is wise and courageous and acts as a support for both Thomas and Martha at different points throughout the show. Her voice was phenomenal!
King James (Joe McFadden) is portrayed very well as we see the power and negligence one has. He’s an interested individual and we quickly grow to despise James with his fickle nature and this is represented well by McFadden. Not only this but we see Robert Cecil (played by Oscar Conlon-Morrey) as he combines comedy with his mysterious character and shows us that he certainly thinks he could do a better job than the King.
This is a historic tale of division, religious persecution, and brutality, ending in an ambitious yet fateful plot to bring down both the monarchy and the government. A one-of-a-kind show that tells one of the most intriguing tales in Britain’s history as it’s never been seen before. Treason the Musical is set to blow you away with stunning original folk and pop songs.
We build up to a sad but well known ending. An ending where we are left captivated by the performance and it made us all the more excited for the 5th November. In reflection, the music and singing on the night from all of the production was eye opening and it certainly told the story. Immersed by the voices whilst the lighting had its own part to play from candlelight to blinding light. SO clever. Ricky Allan’s music and lyrics (with additional lyrics from Debris Stevenson and Kieran Lynn) is exceptionally fitting and made the performance what is was, a roaring success. The timings of beats with the blend of music styles was faultless. The quality of performance given by those who played a part was astounding and commendable.
Starring in the production is Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dreamgirls, Dear Evan Hansen) in the pivotal role of Martha Percy, Joe McFadden (Holby City, Strictly Come Dancing) swapping his Strictly crown for that of King James and Emilie Louise Israel (Hamilton, Once on This Island) as Anne Vaux, re-joining the Plot from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Treason concerts last year.
Treason the Musical sets the world on fire following an online concert streamed worldwide in 2021, two sold-out concerts at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2022, led by Carrie Hope Fletcher and a live album released this year, which has taken Spotify by storm. You can now be the first to see the hotly anticipated full production of Treason created by Ricky Allan, as it embarks on its debut UK tour.
Treason the Musical comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 31 October - Saturday 4 November. Tickets can be booked through the Box Office in person, over the phone on 0114 249 6000, or at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
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