Product placement is elevated to lyric replacement in a case of not who pays the piper but the Piper pays the production in Helen Dallimore’s elegant, swellegant staging of HIGH SOCIETY at the Hayes Theatre.
Piper Heidsieck champagne is the choice of the Lord household and the bottles are not only wrung out but sung about in a show that’s as bubbly as the beverage.
My favourite saying to calm things down at work is ‘It will be OK. It’s an Art not a Science’. But deep down I don’t really believe that. As theatre makers we might not be ‘makin a man with blonde hair and a tan’ but we do scientifically research, develop, test, monitor, feedback then hypothesise. And what grander scale could you have than the 40 year social experiment of the ROCKY HORROR SHOW?
So to further the experiment, I took a much younger friend with me to see the show. She had heard of it, knew The Time Warp of course, knew it was a phenomenon and knew that I was really excited to see it again. Anyone who has completed science class past primary school knows that experiments seldom completely succeed or fail, that there is a spectrum of achievement and this ROCKY HORROR SHOW tilts the balance almost completely towards success. The beast is loose in the grounds of the Lyric Theatre. Continue reading Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show @ The Lyric→
On Thursday last I had the great pleasure of watching a rehearsal for the upcoming season of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – and, if I can take the popular modern liberty of inventing a new word, it promises to be ‘scoundralously‘ good!
We only got to see an early couple of scenes, it’s only the eighth rehearsal, but already one can see the wicked main characters and the sense of humour to match blossoming under the genius of such luminaries as Tony Sheldon, John Wood, Matt Hetherington and Amy Lehpamer, deftly directed by Roger Hodgman.
I interviewed Katrina Retallick and Matt Hethrington who both asserted that the rehearsals were such fun that it had to translate to an uproarious, laugh a minute experience for the audiences. Katrina said, “The more outrageous I can be- the better. When asked what they thought the audience would remember most from the show they both agreed, “That they had had a fun night.”
Matt said that, being a fan of the two movie versions, (Marlon Brando and David Niven preceded the eighties flick in 1964 under the name “Bedtime Story”!), he was pleased to see more than the occasional nod to those scripts, which he thought that audiences would appreciate. He was also pleased to be able to introduce younger people to the older style of comedy created by comedians like Jerry Lewis.
The songs sound great, augmented by a talented ensemble. I can’t wait to see the finished show.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opens at the Theatre Royal on 24 October.
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