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Ticket Offer: £10 tickets to Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

Posted on 25 March 2014 by A Younger Theatre

OrpheusOrpheus
8 Apr – 17 May
Battersea Arts Centre

Following popular and critical acclaim, Orpheus returns this April. Be transported to 1930s Paris for a unique and glamorous night out in a bygone era. Set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheus is a musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth.

£10 Ticket Offer

Use promo code ‘AYT’ when booking online or via phone. Valid for performances  8 – 12 April (standard seats only).

Tickets usually £15 – £25

More info and to book tickets via the Battersea Arts Centre website.

 

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Review: The Black Cat Cabaret, Secret Location

Posted on 26 January 2014 by Daniel Harrison

I’ve always been meaning to check out The Black Cat Cabaret. It markets itself very well, conjuring up imagery relating to the very best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) of 1930s Parisian excess, debauchery and bourgeois frivolity. It also appeared to be quite exclusive, with its (admittedly a little twee) ‘secret location’, only to be revealed when tickets are bought.

And so it came to be that on a wet and miserable Friday evening I made my way to this ‘secret location’ (clue: it’s next to St. Pancras Station) to see what The Black Cat had to offer.

Emcees Frisky and Marcel Lucont make a decent enough pairing. Despite their opening skit resembling that time Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood did the Brit Awards, their relationship grew into something crisp and sharp towards the end of the evening. Frisky has a good voice, belting out ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ to close the show (although I was less convinced by her alcoholism shtick) and Lucont revels in his aloof French persona and is delightfully sneery. All he needed was a row of onions around his neck and a beret to complete the stereotype. His performance reminded me of how much I enjoyed Little Bulb’s Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre last year.

The night included some genuinely unnerving and grotesque performances. A greedy pig creature (I honestly don’t know how best to describe him) took to the stage, complete with PVC apron, a pair of frilly knickers and not much else, and proceeded to throw some food about before getting down to some fire eating. The sheer heat created by these balls of fire was thoroughly exciting, almost singeing my eyebrows as I sat on the front table (which begs the question: what do those sitting up in the mezzanine get out of the performance?). If pig creatures are not necessarily your thing either, then the Cabaret Rouge dancers help to pull the evening back up to level of class and quality. Deploying a clever use of Fosse-esque choreography, as well as a Black Swan aesthetic, they manage to appear both timeless as well as rooted in 1930s faux chic, including one having a striking (and I guess deliberate) resemblance to Marlene Dietrich. Equally impressive is the acrobatic Black Cat himself, who oozes a form of menacing sex appeal.

When Frisky and Lucont bring proceedings to a close we are encouraged to dance the night away. With most in the audience having already completed a nine-to-five stint and still in suits, most scrabble for the exits. So perhaps the evening is a little underwhelming, but with cabaret often a mixed-bag anyway, I suppose The Black Cat can be termed a success.

The Black Cat Cabaret is at a secret location on 14 February, 1 & 29 March 2014. For more information see The Black Cat Cabaret website.

Daniel Harrison

Daniel Harrison

A graduate of Theatre Studies, Daniel has worked in a number of different areas within theatre, most recently cutting his teeth with the Communications team at BAC. He is currently Project Assistant for the Young Vic's upcoming Schools Theatre Festival, and is a champion of the power of theatre as a force for good within society.

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Review: The Ugly Sisters, Soho Theatre

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Daniel Harrison

The Ugly Sisters Soho Theatre

Anyone remember Soho Cinders? It was in the Soho Theatre’s main space a couple of seasons ago. It was a subversive – musical – account of the classic Cinderella story. And I very much enjoyed it. If not quite in the same bracket, RashDash’s The Ugly Sisters fits much of the same criteria; it is a delightfully dishevelled and deconstructed retelling, with emphasis and sympathy on the side of Emerald and Pearl, the ugly sisters. Dear old Cinders, or ‘Arabella’ as she is actually called, doesn’t get much of a look in.

The truth is this: Emerald and Pearl were perfectly content living with mum Ruby, exploring burnt-out cars and avoiding touching the needles and, er, ‘rubber babies socks’ that littered the local area. Then things changed. Ruby found a boyfriend, and the clan had to move in with beautiful step-sister Arabella, who enchants Ruby and quickly becomes her favourite daughter, leaving Emerald and Pearl isolated and shunned. Their only hope is to enter a reality TV contest to win a true prince and complete tasks, the kind of mush E4 used to commission.

Ugly sisters Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen make a highly engaging and dynamic pair. There is careful control in their performances, they know just when to whisper and just when to roar. There is also incredible generosity too; they know when to let each other steal a raised eyebrow, or a line, or even an entire scene. They are remarkably raw, almost harrowing to watch. It helps that they are accompanied by three highly capable musicians. Tom Penn, perhaps better known for his work in Little Bulb, Benny Brooke and Jonas Aaron glide effortlessly between each other’s instruments and chip in as the secondary characters of Ruby, Cinderella and Prince.

Whilst perhaps the theme of the manipulative nature of the reality TV industry, the chewed-up and spat-out culture of immediacy, is nothing new (indeed, it even features in Soho Cinders), The Ugly Sisters still has some fairly interesting points to make on the subject. Emerald and Pearl are held up as some ridiculous creatures for a TV audience before being transformed into a grotesque representation of female idealism. My favourite line comes about five minutes in however, when Pearl seeks to ‘reclaim’ the term ‘ugly’ in ‘ugly sisters’ to rid it of its taboo, akin to the ‘queer’ in ‘queer theory’.

But just because The Ugly Sisters‘s main plot concept and themes aren’t new doesn’t mean that as a piece it doesn’t feel exciting and refreshing – it very much does. I think there could well be more in it. It has the potential to evolve into a piece of highly anarchic and boisterous cabaret. So keep an eye out for it.

The Ugly Sisters is at the Soho Theatre until 2 February. For more information and tickets, see the Soho Theatre website.

Daniel Harrison

Daniel Harrison

A graduate of Theatre Studies, Daniel has worked in a number of different areas within theatre, most recently cutting his teeth with the Communications team at BAC. He is currently Project Assistant for the Young Vic's upcoming Schools Theatre Festival, and is a champion of the power of theatre as a force for good within society.

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A Younger Theatre’s Top Shows of 2013

Posted on 20 December 2013 by A Younger Theatre

A Younger Theatre’s Managing Editor and Artistic Director share our Top Shows of 2013. We’ve scratched our heads and pored over our diaries, and here are the AYT Top 20 shows of 2013. Do you agree?

Metamorphosis at the Lyric

Eleanor Turney, Managing Editor:
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This year, I have seen 122 shows, mainly in Bath, Bristol, Edinburgh and London. Since I saw my last show of the year last night, I thought I’d do a small round-up of my favourites – do add comments with what I’ve missed! I’ve limited myself to 10 shows, but these are ones that have really stayed with me. In roughly chronological order:

Metamorphosis at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Profoundly disturbing and melancholy.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Jackson’s Lane. Darkly hilarious, this adaptation of Tom Baker’s novel still makes me giggle/cringe thinking about it.

Proof, Menier Chocolate Factory. Further proof that Mariah Gale is a stunning actress.

Kate Tempest Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest Brand New Ancients

Brand New Ancients, Bristol Old Vic and the  Traverse. Yes, I saw this twice. Yes, it was worth it.  Yes, Kate Tempest is amazing.

 Trash Cuisine, Tobacco Factory Theatre. Visceral  and upsetting and clever, Belarus Free Theatre’s  show was the highlight of Mayfest, for me.

 Chimerica, Almeida. Well-written, well-acted, well-  directed and well-designed. A triumph.

Fleabag, Underbelly. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s solo, self-penned show marked her out as one to watch.

 

David Tennant as Richard II

David Tennant as Richard II


Hag
, Underbelly. My only 5-star show of the Fringe. I bloody loved it.

Antarctica, Bristol Old Vic. Hands-down winner of “most adorable show”. Just magical.

Richard II, Barbican. My favourite Shakespeare  play performed by one of my favourite actors. Happy sigh.

 

Fraulein Julie, Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell’s Fraulein Julie

Jake Orr, Artistic Director:
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Who knew that creating a list of 10 shows of the year could be so difficult? Thank heavens for my diary. Drawing up this list I was slightly surprised by the lack of fringe theatre that made me jiggle with excitement. Those smaller power-houses just weren’t making shows that stuck for me this year.

Fräulein Julie, Barbican. Directed by Katie Mitchell, this take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie used multiple cameras to create a live film crossed the possibilities of theatre and film. Mesmerising.

Brand New Ancients, Battersea Arts Centre. Kate Tempest. There really are no words to describe the elation you feel about her poetry and performance in Brand New Ancients.

Mission Drift

The TEAM’s Mission Drift

Mission Drift, National Theatre. I didn’t think a play with songs could give me such a thrill, oh how I was wrong. Every month I whip out The TEAM’s soundtrack and dance. So, so good.

The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk. It’s not the immersive experience or the story that gets me excited about Punchdrunk’s newest piece, it’s the imagination and set designers. Like going down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland.

Where The White Stops, Underbelly / New Diorama. Antler Theatre showed me the potential of emerging work. I’ve seen this piece three times and everytime I find something new to enjoy. Fun, powerful and energised.

Solfatara, Summerhall. The Spanish theatre company Atresbandes knew what it was doing in subverting surtitles, creating a hilarious comedy at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jo Bannon Exposure

Jo Bannon’s Exposure

Exposure, The Drill Hall / Forest Fringe. Jo Bannon’s Exposure lasts 10 minutes, but it is the most perfect 10 minutes in near-darkness you’ll experience in theatre.

Chimerica, Harold Pinter Theatre. Brilliant, brilliant play. Playwriting is a craft, and it was shown with such beauty in Chimerica.

Secret Theatre, Lyric Theatre. It’s not perfect, but Sean Holme’s radicalisation of what theatre can be through his Secret Theatre has to be in my Top 10.

American Psycho, Almeida Theatre. Right at the last minute, Headlong Theatre and Almeida Theatre give us this sexy, seductive and slick production. I practically orgasmed whilst watching it.

Do you agree with Eleanor and Jake’s Top 20 Shows of 2013? Leave us a comment below.

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