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Don Giovanni - Porcupine Productions


Review: Heather Metherell

Porcupine Productions played Mozart’s well-loved Opera, Don Giovanni, with great enthusiasm and passion on Saturday, 19th July.

Unfortunately the hard work and talent of the company was let down by the venue in which they performed. Although the director, Philip Haste, showed a great deal of resourcefulness in the unusual setting of St. Augustine’s Church, nearly all sound was swallowed by the acoustics of the building.

This was not helped by the position of the orchestra - who played well - but were tucked away in the arches.

Peter Hine, a veteran of Opera and Oratorio, put in a great comical performance as Giovanni’s servant Leporello - stealing the stage from the lead, played by Graham Lawder-Stone.

Nancy Mathis was in fine voice as Donna Anna, as was Sarah Tyler in her commanding performance of Giovanni’s jilted lover Donna Elvira.

Regrettably the chorus seemed to lack the zeal of the main performers, which gave the production a slightly uneven feel.

That said everyone involved seemed to have a great deal of fun. Churches can be interesting and effective venues for orchestral concerts but were not designed for theatre, and the confines of this venue made the production feel awkward. It would be great to see Porcupine Productions perform Don Giovanni in a different setting, so both audience and performer could enjoy every aspect fully.

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