“Wrecked” Vaults Art Festival
Sprawled underground amongst the subterranean vaults alongside Waterloo Station. The first impression of the Festival does not disappoint.
Nor does the Fever Dream Company whose innovative concept of what and where makes an engaging theatrical experience never ceases to amaze.
I felt genuinely alarmed when we, the six members of the audience were led to the venue for Wrecked…its shocking. There were also quite a few communal sharp intakes of breath during the 45 minutes of the production
Wrecked is an immersive, in your face, site-specific experience. It explores same sex attraction, compelling love and its consequences on innocent lives.
Sam gives an accomplished performance, revealing how, and with who, she got to this place. I found myself sometimes closing my eyes and just going with the recorded narrative.
“Wrecked” runs until 18thMarch. I recommend it. Booking essential as the venue seats only six people per show.
LA hook up launch party 16.02.2018
It’s rare to attend an event, which has a feel of the start of something special. Such was the launch of LA hook up.
It is a fantastic venue, in the heart of Queeropolis. Hidden plainly in sight, it boasts a large, stylishly understated room with bar. From its beautiful windows the whole length of Old Compton Street can be seen.
There was a real party vibe in the room, with a glass of bubbly on arrival and a shot of tequila included in the £10 admission price. Guests were encouraged to bring their own tipple with mixers supplied for free.
The atmosphere was a winning combination of friendly and flirtatious, with a varied selection of every type, age and race of lesbian. There was music and a bit of dancing. Lots of looking and a bit of romancing! The hosts were helpful and unobtrusive, letting everyone just get on with what they’d come to do…meet new women!
It’s a subtle balance managing a new event in a new venue… This one’s a winner. The organizers plan to host the event bi-monthly. … Can’t wait for the next one.
Hilda and Virginia Jermyn Theatre 01/03/2018
What a great little theatre Jermyn Street Theatre is. Tucked away behind Piccadilly Circus…it’s intimate and friendly with cutting edge programming.
“Hilda and Virginia” are two plays about two very different women, written with a sure hand by accomplished playwright and poet Maureen Duffy.
These monologues explore the life and experiences of Hilda, a sixth century abbess, and Virginia Woolf, writer and founder member of the Bloomsbury set. Hilda and Virginia’s contrasting and fascinating lives are revealed through interesting facts, garlanded with poetic flair.
Monologues are always a challenge for the actor, and although I was not always convinced by her characterization I thought Sarah Crowden had a good stab at it.
Maureen Duffy devotees will not want to miss this literary treat and the Jermyn Street Theatre is definitely one to watch!
THE INHERITANCE Young Vic Theatre 3rd Mar-19thMay
There was a palpable feel of tension and excitement in the auditorium of the Young Vic theatre, as we waited for the World Premier of Matthew Lopez’s play to commence. A seven-hour, two-part play about the long lasting legacy of the Aids epidemic is pretty hard-core theatre viewing… by anyone’s standards.
“The Inheritance” is an exploration of the lives and experiences of a group of male friends, who live in New York. They are the generation after the Aids Crisis. Its central plot is firmly and cleverly rooted in F M Forster’s novel “Howards End,” examining themes of class, shameful secrets, freedom and property.
Indeed, the narrator of the first play is Forster himself (Paul Hilton), encouraging his pupils to devise the play as it proceeds. A device that initially, felt rather contrived.
Eric (Kyle Soller) loves wannabe playwright Toby (Andrew Burnap) who leaves him for actor Adam. (Samuel H. Levine) Recovering from his heartbreak Eric falls in love with Henry (John Benjamin Hickey) the widowed partner of his friend Walter, who has, unbeknown to Eric, bequeathed him his beautiful home. Subsequently, Eric and Toby’s lives spirals out of control. Until Eric finally finds himself, and the home he was destined to live in. Kyle Stollers tender portrayal of the vulnerable Eric quickly stole the audience’s heart. Vanessa Redgrave appears, as the only female in the cast, in an accomplished cameo of feisty fragility in part two of the play.
Observing the lives of these characters and their friends became increasingly emotionally compelling. Climaxing in a moving scene at the end of the first play, it left myself, and most of the audience in tears.
This was a slickly paced production directed by Stephen Daldry, enhanced by Bob Crawley’s minimalistic set. The ensemble of actors convincingly portraying a number of different characters. Syrus Lowe was amusing and engaging as the soon-to-be-disillusioned doctor.
The Inheritance is packed with male camaraderie, conflict and a good dollop of camp. Although I found this production, and particularly some of the speeches, rather too lengthy, with ‘too much telling and not enough showing, I am certain, even without the benefit of hindsight, that I’ll be glad that I saw it.
This is, without a doubt, an epic, landmark play about an important part of hidden LGBT history. It raises many political and social issues, one of the most poignant being that the generation after the AIDS epidemic were essentially orphaned – “A generation of mentors, friends, lovers lost to us”.
It deftly brings into focus the importance of remembering our history and acknowledging its impact on our present and future. The life enhancing implications of respecting who and how we are. The necessity of truthfully connecting with each other. It’s a play about Love, loss and personal conviction.
I suggest if you don’t want to feel that you missed out on something special…see it!