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Review: Fly Eddie Fly
Thursday saw the debut of Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards in his own autobiographical production ‘Fly Eddie Fly’.
From the first scene, the audience were encouraged to play an interactive role in the show.
Nik Howden, who plays Eddie, bears more than a passing resemblance to ‘The Eagle’ transporting you back to the late 1980’s. Nik captures Eddie’s determination and charm as he chases his Olympic dream.
In the first half, the audience watch on as the story unfolds from Eddie as a child at Naunton Park Primary school on his first skiing trip, to the Calgary Olympics and subsequent media frenzy, where he captured the hearts of ‘underdog’ lovers all over the world.
The second half returns, to tell of Eddie’s struggles after being forced to give up ski jumping, before unexpectedly returning to the spotlight through the Hollywood blockbuster film about his life.
What is clear in the play is the unwavering support and love of Eddie’s parents, delightfully played by Becks Grant-Jones and Phillip Douch and they are ably supported throughout by the rest of the cast, including The Youth Theatre group and Everyman Community Choirs.
A toe tapping and uplifting soundtrack adds to the heartwarming feel of the show culminating in a rousing finale where Eddie even sings.
Another great performance from the Everyman Theatre.
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