Review: The Voice Squad delivers hit musical Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon, The Voice Squad's 21st anniversary production, was performed at The Apex last weekend.
Miss Saigon, The Voice Squad's 21st anniversary production, was performed at The Apex last weekend.
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The Voice Squad looked and sounded fabulous during its performance of Miss Saigon (school edition) at The Apex on Saturday night.

Despite some unfortunate glitches with mics during the first half, the group’s vocals were good enough, at times, to rival any West End cast.

Lewis Allum’s portrayal of the Engineer was superb, allowing the essential cheeky humour of the character to shine through.

Beth Easdown was impressive in her role as orphan Kim, a Vietnamese bar girl dramatically separated from her lover Chris, an American GI who, despite their plans, was forced to return home from the Vietnam war without her.

When the couple reunite years later, they are under equally dramatic circumstances, with Kim taking her own life to ensure that Chris raises their son with his American wife Ellen, a role Georgia Richardson delivered well.

With colourful costumes and imaginative use of a well-devised set, the show was both visually and auditorily pleasing, an ambitious undertaking but one Voice Squad can be proud of as its 21st anniversary production.

LS