We have just returned from seeing ‘Once’ on its opening night at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End and couldn’t wait to write a review on it.

Frankly, if anyone had described it to me it really would not have been a show I would have booked tickets for. I am usually a Wicked, or Priscilla type of person, but think I have been converted….

What a truly amazing show this was! It began with a group of people singing, dancing and performing on stage as everyone was being seated. We actually thought they were a pre-performance entertainment group and even considered if they were buskers from the tube stations (albeit very good ones!). Then the lighting went down and the singers all changed position and the show began.

This show is an extremely moving love story between an Irish lad and a Czech girl….the standard of talent is one of the best I’ve personally seen and of course it was topped off for us when our lovely Gemma Loader came on stage for her performance. Again we were reduced to tears with a ‘proud agent’ moment…that’s twice now in a week as we had Daniel McCarthy in Priscilla last week to contend with.

This is a ‘must see’ show it really is, highly recommended and we might even go and see it again it was that remarkable.

Well done Gemma and good luck in the rest of your shows….performing up until August in the West End

Debi & Dawn