Pretty Knickers Production presents a dirty, gritty comedy full of swearing and hilarious dead-pan remarks. A good ol’ fashioned farce with over-the-top, comical characters who are all fighting over the will of a wealthy, promiscuous older gentleman. Three bratty sisters, believe they’re going to walk away with his entire fortune before a suspicious stranger slips in at the last second to receive the lot.
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“What happens is what happens”.
So we are told after audience members select from a number of boxes marked with names and containing outfits. The result is that we have Dani, Seb, Mags, Lucy and Ben standing before us.
Taking Romeo and Juliet as an inspiration for this production, two a cappella groups battle it out for supremacy in this entertaining and light-hearted show. This is very loosely connected to Romeo and Juliet - with its tongue firmly in cheek, the story unfolds of two groups with a long-term grudge and a ban on romance between the two sides.
“Let’s disappear for a while into the decadent world of the 1920’s …”
The time machine comes in the form of a gramophone, a device that our host uses whenever he is feeling a little blue. His favourite Broadway show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” provides the needed escapism with “a story, and a few good songs” that will take him away.
A somewhat esoteric and quirky look at Nan Shepherd, this show focuses on the influences around Shepherd, inspiring her work and thought processes. Featuring a range of pop-up characters, this is an unusual introduction to Shepherd, interspersed with snippets from her writing.
A powerful and emotionally charged play, Bomb Happy is a fine example of the strength of verbatim theatre. With simple but clear direction, Helena Fox has produced a fitting tribute to those who were part of the D-Day landings.
Set at the end of WWII, Lest You Forget is a touching play from this young theatre company. Looking at the impact of war on those involved in the fighting, it explores how relationships are affected and the choices made because of this.
The actors work well together as an ensemble, with several lovely moments where there are choreographed sections of movement, during dance routines and storytelling segments. In addition, a couple of the cast members perform songs that showcase their voices well.
This young theatre company takes an interesting look at the number of decisions we human beings make each day. Using verbatim text, they create a narrative that looks at both the serious – and far less serious – decisions that can change what will happen next.
A heartfelt, gutsy and justifiably packed performance.
Much was made in this show not only of the iconic nature of the music of Amy Winehouse, but also of the public’s parallel fascination with her personal life. To do a show combining the two was therefore not without risk, but the balance was beautifully and sensitively struck – the singing was simply superb, and coverage of Amy’s own inner struggles was handled with genuine respect and empathy.
There was something special about this performance – an all-embracing energy that affects and stays with you.
From the beginning of the show and throughout, there is an enigmatic yet ethereal dimension to both the songs and the singing – haunting yet hypnotic. You keep pondering the performance long after you’ve left, and the music leaves you indelibly changed.