STAGE REVIEW: Frognal & Fox @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (04.06.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Warm, joyous, humorous and electric  four words which don’t quite do this spectacular piece of theatre justice. Zoe Lambert shines as Adele Fox, and Jane Holman dazzles as Margaret Frognal, delivering performances that illuminate the stage. 

In this cabaret-style musical comedy, two friends navigate the highs and lows of their showbiz careers, grappling with the delicate balance between ambition and loyalty. As they share their showbiz stories and challenges, the underlying drama between them simmers, leaving the audience wondering, can they find their way back to each other? 

A standout moment comes when Adele Fox (Zoe Lambert) takes center stage with her solo rendition of Someone To Watch Over Me. As she reminisces about never finding the one to watch over her, Margaret Frognal (Jane Holman) appears in the shadows of the stage, revealing the depth of their friendship. Perhaps Frognal and Fox were meant to look after each other all along? 

The effect that the friendship between the two lead characters had on me as an audience member was heartwarming. It doesn’t feel like youre watching a theatre production, but instead you feel as if you are immersed in the world of Frognal and Fox.  

During another moment in the performance the two lead characters discuss their struggles to make it on the bright lights of the West End stages. Ironically, Holman and Lambert lit up the stage and wouldn’t have seemed out of place as the characters of Frognal and Fox in the grand theatres of the West End. This is just one of many moments which the director (Cinzia Hardy), and the writer (Fiona Ellis) absolutely mastered. A special mention must also go to Declan Flannery whose musical talents on the piano shine throughout the production. 

One thing is for certain, this is just the beginning for Frognal and Fox. Who knows the heights that this piece of brilliant local theatre could go to?  

Frognal & Fox continues to tour the region, visit the website for full tour dates.

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