MYCO's production of Les Misérables was an impressive, captivating production from a supremely talented bunch of youngsters. That I came away reeling from the emotion and sadness of the story (I'd never seen Les Misérables before) was testament to the quality of the production and the talent in this band of 50 or so 12- to 18-year-olds.
The proximity of the audience to the small stage at The Theatre at Headington only increased the dramatic atmosphere and emotion of the play. This was especially true during the ensemble pieces, sometimes the full cast en masse in an audience-consuming triangular formation, not battling for attention but performing together with professionalism and maturity, to moving effect.
Watching such a talented group of young people perform in such intimate quarters is something to appreciate and enjoy while it lasts.
The leading cast performed with a polish that would impress if they were twice their age. The stand-out performer for me was Ruby Crepin-Glyne, haunting and unfaltering as Éponine. The company seem to make an effort to give almost all, if not all, cast members at least a line to themselves, which is rewarded with a varied array of voices which holds the audience's interest throughout.
MYCO are deserving of a bigger stage (all of this week's performances were sold out a week before the run began), but watching such a talented group of young people perform in such intimate quarters is something to appreciate and enjoy while it lasts.