22-27 September 2014
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Last night we made the trip out to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells to watch Dreamboats and Miniskirts. It is the sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats which has been running from 2009 and continues the story of Bobby and Laura from 1963. I hadn’t seen Dreamboats and Petticoats and although it would have helped with scene setting it is not essential.
It is essentially a musical showcasing many of the hits of the sixties around a background plot of the two main couples Norman & Sue and Bobby & Laura.
Bobby & Laura split over musical difference at the beginning of the show and Bobby joins The Conquests instead of the duo. Sue is at home heavily pregnant when Norman revives his singing career to also be a member of The Conquests. The plot follows the rise of the Conquests, the even bigger rise of Laura as a solo artist and ends with Bobby & Laura getting back together.
I thought the plot was thin and predictable however the band were great, with up to 15 members on stage at any one time, both singing and dancing. The selection of songs from the sixties was excellent with a good mix of both fast and slow such as Hippy Hippy Shake, Twist and Shout and Do You Love Me.
The whole evening was entertaining and can be enjoyed by all ages, in fact there was a huge age range in the audience from young to old.
I struggled to see from the front stalls this time as I had someone particularly tall in front of me and so we moved to the back for the second half. This gave a completely different perspective to the show but the sound was still as good as the acoustics at the Assembly Hall are excellent. It is an old style theatre but that’s what gives it a great ambiance.
We had a drink at the bar and found the staff prompt and courteous, and the venue clean and tidy. Parking is probably the easiest of any theatres I have been to with a multi storey car park next door and charges at only £1.00 per night.
An entertaining evening which I felt was slightly let down by the plot. Recommended for the music alone though if you like the sixties era.
Tickets cost from £19.50 to £32.50 (plus £1.25 booking fee).
Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells until 27 September 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01892 530613.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613