Following a successful run last November at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Beth Burrows’ one-woman cabaret Sirens of the Silver Screen has transferred to west London’s Tabard Theatre, where it continues until 14 July only. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights below. Time to get booking!
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Beth Burrows created and performs in Sirens of the Silver Screen, which she has toured extensively internationally. Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe – a sisterhood of stunning starlets lit up the silver screen for decades and kept tongues wagging with their scandalous off-screen antics. Prepare to be transported to a world of Old Hollywood glamour, where fame, fate and misfortune collide in glitz, glamour and grim truths.
Burrows was inspired to create the show while living in Dubai: “There’s a real dearth of homegrown theatre in the United Arab Emirates, so out of frustration, I decided to make my own show. In order to appeal to a Dubai audience, I knew I had to create something glamorous and glitzy… It’s one part play, one part musical and one part Hollywood magic.”
These three legends live again as Beth Burrows takes on each famous woman, performing their most loved songs and shedding light on the shadowy secrets that stalked their careers.
Sirens of the Silver Screen runs from 26 June to 14 July 2018 at the Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW, with Tuesday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £18 (concessions £15). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
London Pub Theatres – ★★★★
Heather Jeffery: “It is guaranteed that you will learn something about each of the idols that you didn’t know before, and best of all, is Beth Burrows has a lovely singing voice. It is pure, clear and very confident. There is so much light and shade, but at every stage, the balance is always right between the three of them. Gorgeous vocals, stunning stories and tremendously entertaining.”
Rochelle Laurencin: “The music is beautifully authentic. With the virtuoso hand of musical director Bobby Goulder, the theatre instantly transforms with renditions of Over the Rainbow and Moon River. In these moments, I felt like I had drifted back to my childhood to when these glamorous women captured my heart – and Burrows has won my heart, too.”
Stephen Vowles: “The musical numbers featured include Rainbow, Trolley Song, Man That Got Away for Judy, S’Wonderful and Moon River for Audrey and Diamonds and Everybody Needs A Daddy for Marilyn. They are, of course, all relevant, poignant and performed with a polished delivery. Beth has an empathy with the three which added to the magic of the night. A fitting way to remind an audience how unique and complex these Sirens were. Stylish entertainment.”
The Spy In The Stalls – ★★★★
Emily K Neal: “Beth Burrows commands the stage with a strong presence and the right balance of comedy and sensitivity. This is a well thought out, eye-opening tribute to three legends of Old Hollywood.”
Laura-Jane Wareing: “Her portrayal of Monroe seems to evoke parts of her vocal and acting ability that sadly haven’t been seen before. And the final piece, where she gives us a glimpse of Monroe’s confused end is deeply moving.”
Melinda Haunton: “Burrows can hold the stage for the ninety minutes of the show’s stage time. More than holding it. She’s miked up, but clearly doesn’t need it for a small venue like the Tabard, and she’s intensely watchable… She drops into sincerity, as herself and as her three sirens, with really powerful switches of mood. (My plus one cried over Audrey’s story. And she’s pretty tough.) Burrows is certainly one to watch for the future, and this fascinating, entertaining show deserves to get bigger audiences.”
Amelia Brown: “Burrows, performer and creator of the show, is warm, personable and immediately likeable. She communicates each of the different women with a clear admiration and understanding, playfully witty, tender and moving in her depictions. It’s a wonderful showcase for her voice, and her lower vocal range, in particular, is a joy to listen to.”
Tim Hochstrasser: “The audience thoroughly enjoyed this gentle canter through some of the best-loved musical moments of this trio and Burrows’ elegant evocation of the highs and lows of their careers.”
Loretta Monaco: “Burrows recognises the depth and breadth of each of her characters… Burrows has the talent to bring it to the fore.”