REVIEW: Tom Jones, University Drama Studio

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MY friend wanted to know if we were going to a musical, suspecting an evening of the great man’s songs, but this is the stage adaptation of Henry Fielding’s bawdy 18th-century novel about an innocent abroad whose eye for the ladies gets him into scrapes.

It was cleverly staged by Midland Players using minimal props and modern music was used to good effect.

Tom, played by an engaging Jamie Nuttall, narrates his own adventures. Some of the comic scenes, particularly in the inn where various men are trying to find their women, work very well. Rosie Dyson as Susan, the innkeeper’s drudge, manages to upstage everyone beautifully.

Other scenes could have done with the same high level of energy, however.