An eager audience packed the Grantham Guildhall theatre to witness the premier performance of ‘Stamp Your Feet! The Musical’, a keenly awaited Glam Rock Musical created by local musicians Chris Mahony and Paul Fairey.
The story of an aspiring rock band, set against a background of the 1972 Miners’ Strike, burst upon the audience with the song, Stamp Your Feet! The striking lighting effects and set design employed in the opening number, made a clear statement to the audience that they should be prepared for something exciting.
From the start, the sets, the professionally executed scene changes, the costumes and those accurate and well sustained northern accents, convinced us that we had been transported back to a small mining community in 1970s Yorkshire.
So believable were the characters portrayed, it was reasonable to think you must have met them somewhere before. This kind of feeling was also true of the music. Some of these unfamiliar songs quickly established themselves in your mind so that you found yourself singing along to them in your head. The strong rhythms, such as in ‘My Mama Said’ and ‘Put Another Shilling In The Meter’ were, indeed, foot stamping. In stark contrast to the rumbustious numbers was the beautiful, meditative ‘How Can I Be Lonely?’ The acting and the songs conveyed feeling, conviction and enthusiasm. And, how convinced we were by the band! There were some quite lengthy sections of script between songs, and these were dealt with most ably.
It is noteworthy how well those who were not currently the subject of the action managed to convincingly occupy themselves with various activities, without stealing attention from the main characters.
When songs once again took centre stage, it was increasingly evident that this cast knew how to sing. Whether solo, duet, quartet or chorus, all were a delight.
The choreography was exciting, and neatly presented. It was good to see on stage a number of folk who have been entertaining Guildhall audiences over many years, and encouraging to know that among the younger element are a number who have already built up impressive CVs in the world of musical theatre and dance.
This was an excellent show which deserved the standing ovation, presented by a strong and talented company.
Congratulations Jammy and Sticky Productions, it was a privilege to be there.