Feast of favourite songs - and fundraising for a good cause too

Joseph Bulmer

The Unlocked Tour at Brixham Theatre on Saturday will be a feast of favourite songs from modern musicals.

This choreographed extravaganza is the creation of Turning Point Productions and Entertainment, a community production company as opposed to a theatre club or amateur dramatic society.

It began life in Devon some ten years ago and relocated to Sussex in 2015 and now comprises a total of 150 members.

The Unlocked Tour features 20 performers and relies on a crew of 10 to ensure a slick, professional, high-quality show.

The youngest member of the team, Arween, aged 10, will be on stage with the oldest, Chris, who is 73 and her great grandad.

While this may not be unique, it is certainly something of a novelty and truly heart-warming.

Andrew and Helen Smith-Turner, both with many years’ experience in music and drama, decided to call the production company Turning Point because they understood that learning to sing, dance, act or be part of a technical or front of house team, could make such a difference to an individual’s quality of life.

The new-found skills might, indeed, represent a turning point. They take great joy in seeing the additional confidence performing or being instrumental in the creation of a show can bring.

There is something in the Unlocked Tour to satisfy all manner of tastes in modern musicals.

The show includes songs from Matilda; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Hamilton; SIX; the Greatest Showman; RENT and the Tina Turner Musical.

Turning Point Productions is no stranger to Brixham Theatre.

Their first show in Brixham was Godspell in 2013, produced under their original company name, Perform.

They staged many shows at the theatre before moving to Sussex.

They were last in Brixham in 2019 with No Requiem Recall and are delighted to be returning.

The Unlocked Tour provides a good opportunity to meet up with some of the original company members and gives them a chance to see what type of material the new company is now performing.

Unlike many touring companies, who usually hate the travelling and staying in strange B&Bs, Turning Point loves everything about the whole process.

They make a full weekend outing of their trips and get to stay together and enjoy some special, quality time.

The company is like a huge, extended family. Everyone cares for each other encourages and congratulates each other. They have a strong bond which must have come in very handy when, on one occasion, Chris, who was performing a very serious number, blanked and started singing about bananas!

Saturday's show promises to be a rich, uplifting theatrical experience - an amazing evening’s entertainment with the audience also contributing to charity.

Turning Point have a chosen charity each year. In the past many charities have benefitted from their hard work and generosity. These include Diabetes UK, St. Catherine’s Hospice, Refuge, Mind, the National Autistic Society and MacMillan.

This year they have opted for Ten Little Toes Baby Bank which provides equipment, toys, clothing, and food for families in crisis with children of any age.

Turning Point is a not-for-profit organisation and donates a proportion of their turnover to the chosen charity.

The Unlocked Tour, Brixham Theatre on Saturday, February 12, 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets, £12 (concessions £10), are available through the box office on 01803 415987, online at tickets.brixhamtheatre.uk, at Brixham Library or in person on the evening of the show

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