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Mary-Attracta Connolly

Falstaff – 2011  

As for fish, fowl and fruit in Simon Phillips’ production of Falstaff in 2011 – how could I ever forget the market scene when the Ladies of the Chorus had to move between stalls in a synchronised and stylised manner – my dance background came in handy here as I recall rehearsing that particular scene at home, much as I would have a dance routine, until it was perfect.  And the Ladies being on our knees in ACT III as little fairy folk with lighted wands while Katja Webb, as Nannetta, sang ‘Sul fil d’un soffio etesio’ was a hoot !  James Clayton was impressive in the title role not only for his singing but also for his consummate professionalism in that he brought life to the adage that ‘the show must go on’ singing so wonderfully despite the sadness of his mother’s death during the last week of rehearsal.

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