This is a tale of epic proportions, narrated by a storyteller with epic talent, as part of an epic company that has made their mark on theatre for the last ten years. This is Theatre Ad Infinitum; this is George Mann; this is Odyssey.
Jemima Foxtrot loops lines of verse, sounds and noises around and around, until they build up to an indistinguishable din. It’s the clamour in our subconscious mind, the multiple threads of stories that never get the chance to finish before new ideas, thoughts or streams of narrative invade and take over.
It’s time to put a German back in charge – not as an homage to Hitler, but someone who is camp as Christmas, bursting with energy and quick wit.
Pageant is the light-hearted, saccharine, glittery music depiction of the Miss Glamouresse beauty pageant, with all of the contestants having a little more to offer than your usual beauty queen.
Under John Tiffany’s direction, Road feels terrifyingly present, and still as necessary after over thirty years since its debut.
As Lucy (Emma Bentley) grows up, she seems a somewhat unusual kid – keeps her head down in school, a little bit lonely but able to stand up for herself. What Goes On In Front Of Closed Doors highlights that it’s not all drug addicts or those in abusive relationships who end up on the streets.
Based on actual events, and set in University College Hospital in London in 1949, Tony Cox’s Mrs Orwell is a depiction of what was to become George Orwell’s final bout of illness.
Megan Gogerty pauses for the same amount of time between each joke. Her routine has a very rigid structure – comment, joke, pause, repeat. It’s too prescriptive to allow the laughs to settle in and is off-putting.
Cat Loud stands and delivers a flawless a cappella performance, a bluesy voice overflowing with restrained pain at being eternally damned. Every syllable is subtly tinged with sadness, a resigned lack of hope that only a true jazz singer can muster.
Daisy (Sarah Milton) gets her first flush of success at the swim meet and the endorphin rush is exhilarating. Maybe that’s why Milton talks so fast for the majority of Tumble Tuck, instantly likeable but often tricky to follow. She’s a swimmer hoping to break into the big leagues. In the water, she’s free from suffocating mothers or bitchy fellow athletes or pushy coaches or murderous ex-boyfriends. It’s a shame that the real world has to interfere really.
As a comedian, Tamar Broadbent is gorgeously awkward and real. Her brand of musical comedy may not deal with the big social, political or economic issues going on in the world today, but that makes it no less relevant to a millennial audience.
“Who else is menstruating? We can be blood sisters tonight.” Lily Phillips is without her fellow Darlings tonight, but she doesn’t need them – Lady Power has an audience of willing supporters.
Hyperion – a naval ship, a Greek god, a romantic novel by Friedrich Hölderlin. It’s also the setting for George Siena’s one-man, multi-thematic, blended performance.
It’s a twee, nostalgic tale of a girl who can’t get a job as an actress and contemplates suicide. The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign is Peg Entwhistle, not Joanne Hartstone’s character.
Heather Litteer gives off the impression of a faded starlet. She speaks of her past with bitter nostalgia, recollections that are simultaneously loving and sharp.
Roti stands seem so monotonous in Vines, a never-ending series of the same, robotic movements again and again. It’s the eternal jerk pickled cucumber loop.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is How To Not Kill Yourself For 30 Days…And The Next 330, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Annie Sertich.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is The Nature of Forgetting, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and director Guillaume Pigé.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Graham Dickson Is The Narcissist, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Graham Dickson.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is DuBois Entendre, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 26 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Myra DuBois.