Evita

BROS returns from Cornwall after a hugely successful sell-out run of Evita at the Minack Theatre. The weather just about held for most of the performances, but ultimately the whole week was a huge success.

The story begins with Eva Perón’s early life, touches on her acting career, and then it takes the viewer through her rise to power and eventual death. It describes the October 17, 1945 protests and rallies that freed Juan Perón from prison (portraying them as having been organized by Evita during the beginnings of Peronism, which some historians now dispute), Perón’s rise to the office of President, Evita’s political partnership with Perón, her domestic and foreign policy, charity work, feminist involvement, and eventual ascent to the position of “Spiritual Leader of the Nation”.

BROS Theatre Company would like to thank Cadence Partnership for their generous support of Evita at the Minack Theatre.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Eva Nikki Gerrard
Che Mark Fallon
Peron Nigel Cole
Magaldi Paul Turnbull
Mistress Claire Smith
Child soloist James Simpson
Chorus Sue Astbury
Chorus Nicky Bradbury
Chorus Lizzie Brignall
Chorus Nicky Burgess
Chorus Kristen Callaway
Chorus Anne Campbell
Chorus Anna Colton
Chorus Jenny Corbin
Chorus Annie Deasy
Chorus Cherry Gulati‐straes
Chorus Caroline Hayes
Chorus Cathy Makepeace
Chorus Janet Simpson
Chorus Julie Thomas
Chorus Camilla Titchmarsh
Chorus Sian Walters
Chorus Ian Bennett
Chorus Charles Halford
Chorus Loz Keal
Chorus Marcos Marchesoni
Chorus Tim Parish
Chorus John Pyle
Chorus Stuart Turnbull
Chorus Mark Wakeford
Chorus Simon Willis
Dancers Georgie Gladwyn
Dancers Vicki Harding
Dancers Helen Lowe
Dancers Kerry Magee
Dancers Veronica Maidment
Dancers Juliet Manners
Dancers Gemma Melhuish
Dancers Helen Shore
Dancers Gita Singham‐Willis
Dancers Karen Swift
Dancers Louise Vinter
Dancers Diego Avila
Dancers Edz Barrett
Dancers Mike Bradbury
Dancers Mark Burgess
Dancers Bryan Cardus
Dancers Guy Chaperlin
Dancers Andy Clarke
Dancers Michael D'Ambrosio
Dancers Marc Evans
Dancers Chris Morris
Dancers Jonathan Simmons
Children Dylan Calloway
Children Morgan Calloway
Children Molly Cole
Children Noah Colton
Children Zack Colton
Children Elizabeth Evans
Children Mathew Magee
Children Charlotte Shore
Children Oliver Shore
Children Emily Simpson
Children Jack Simpson

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Wesley Henderson-Roe
MD Shaun Critten
Assistant MD Kerry Sampson
Assistant Director Ian Bennett
Stage Manager Rachel Jarvis
Production Manager Claire Williams
Production Manager Eric Williams
Lighting Rob Arundel
Sound Stuart Vaughan
Costumes Wendy Godwin
Costumes assistant Zoe Harvey‐lee
Evita's Dresser Aemelia Roe
Hair & Make‐up Louise Turnbull
Front of House & Company Social Clare Henderson Roe
Production Assistant Charlotte Walker
Sponsorship Mark Burges
Set designer Wesley Henderson-Roe

Reviews & Awards

David Robinson (Head of Music Licensing) The Really Useful Group Ltd.

Many many congratulations on your very fine production of EVITA at the Minack. I shall certainly be very happy to tell my colleagues of the success of your production. The whole cast, orchestra and backroom team really excelled themselves. There were great performances all round. Well done. We’d love to see any reviews you may have and any photos. It would be great to have these for our website if possible. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality. We will long remember your production. Many thanks again. With best wishes.

Review Oh, what a circus; oh, what a show – and what an epic way to start the Minack’s 2009 summer season. Before a bumper bank holiday audience, the opening night of the Londonbased BROS Theatre Company’s Evita could not have been more impressive. From its kingsize programme to its huge cast, we are unlikely to see anything bigger or better throughout the season.

It takes no more than a moment or two of its first number, a black but beautiful, simply stunning Requiem to know that this 2006 revival of the hit sung-through show – music Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics, Tim Rice – is something special. Just as it takes two to tango, so the success of such an ambitious, large scale production demands close co-operation between its directors and every member of its cast and production team. Happily, Melanie Edwards, whose choreography is as inventive as Wesley Henderson Roe’s direction is impeccable, have that and come up with a rhythmic and rewarding, spectacular show in which no one, whether aristocrat or ‘descamisado’ (a shirtless one), puts a foot or finger wrong. Their timing is immaculate.

A rare and refreshing musical, hardly romantic in that it involves politics and the ability of power to corrupt – it is challenging. But, without exception, everyone in the company, not forgetting the admirable 18 piece orchestra under musical director Shaun Critten, to the small army behind the scenes, rise heroically to the occasion.

Show Date: May 2009

Venue: Minack Theatre - Cornwall

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