Dogfight in Concert, St James Theatre | Review

Friday 23 October 2015

October 11th saw the reunion of the cast of the critically acclaimed Dogfight 2014 Southwark Playhouse run. This magical concert took place at the St James theatre in Victoria and it was certainly a perfect homecoming.

A number of the cast reprised their roles: Jamie Muscato, Laura Jane Matthewson, Cellen Chugg Jones, Nicholas Corre, Joshua Dowen, Ciaran Joyce, Amanda Minihan, Rebecca Trehearn and Samuel J. Weir, all of whom you could tell from their high energy, emotive performances and their beaming smiles in the curtain call, absolutely loved getting back into the Dogfight world.

Dogfight tells the story of three young Marines who on their last night at home seduce unsuspecting local girls to try and win a bet, but one Marine gets more than he bargained for when he falls in love with his unassuming and idealistic target. The story is told beautifully through a number of both upbeat and balladic songs with a folky feel, delivered perfectly by the whole cast.The young cast are incredibly talented and perform this cleverly written show flawlessly.

Matthewson portrayed a mesmerising, vulnerable but optimistic Rose, whilst Muscato was a greatly magnetic central character as Birdlace, starting out as a cavalier young buck and returning as a cracked man. By the end we understand the importance of love, friendship and pain, but perhaps one of the most important themes is the strength of women, something which is ever more resonant for audiences today. This was a truly magnificent concert and if/when it comes back to the West End, I would not hesitate to recommend seeing it to everybody.