I first saw the 1976 film of the children’s musical Bugsy Malone as a small child, and have enjoyed watching it several times on DVD since. My brother David also played Fizzy one summer in a holiday club performance at South Hill Park. This weekend a talented cast of young people from the RARE Productions youth theatre group put on a production at the Hexagon theatre in Reading so I popped along to see it.
The young cast enthusiastically performed to a high standard and the solo singing and set pieces were excellent. In the 1976 film one of the key elements is that the cars are small pedal powered vehicles. These were replicated on stage by using painted cardboard looking car shaped cut-outs that the cast picked up and carried around.
All the music was played by two people at the back of the stage using an electric drum kit and keyboard.
Access at the Hexagon is good with disabled parking outside the lower level doors and flat access from there to the dedicated wheelchair area in the auditorium. Unfortunately, the lift to the ticket office was out of order so Wayne had to go and collect our £17 tickets without me.