‘The performers act as if their lives depend on it’: TEDDY – The Vaults ★★★★

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The Vaults, London – until 3 June 2017

Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n’ roll.

We are treated to ten minutes of toe-tapping music from the band Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts (Andrew Gallow, Harrison White, Freya Parks and Dylan Wood), and then we are plunged into darkness – the scene is set. Teddy played by George Parker and Molly Chesworth as Josie throw themselves into the production. Huge energy and an ability to make the script leap out at you with no props is to be applauded. Underpinned by the band, the evening goes at a rapid pace.

Both Parker and Chesworth give excellent performances, at times it feels like they are acting as if their lives depend on it, such is the palpable intensity. The ability of Chesworth to portray the brute Tully by contortion is just completely captivating. There is light and dark here in abundance with the end leaving us breathless.

The Vault theatre space perfectly suits the gritty, grimy and pulsating setting of the piece. Due to this, it should be mentioned that the language is of an adult nature and could cause offence. For this reason, it does have an age rating of 12+ with a parental guidance note. For me, however, it adds to the vibe and clearly states its intention of being thought-provoking and challenging.

Innovative and inspired choreography is brilliantly executed. Of course, it is made to look easy whilst being technically difficult but, then again, when the band is this good it’s hard to resist not dancing. It is a nice touch to have the band give a mini gig after the show. It’s a fun night out which is a little different to the norm, take a visit.

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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