Animated storytelling will enthral young audiences
Watching theatre company 1927 enthral the predominantly young Drum audience with their show The Animals and Children took to the Streets, I realised how important our early experiences of theatre are.
In this clever and articulate show, live music is seamlessly merged with performance and amazing animation. Teenagers appeared spellbound by a show which also had adults entranced.
Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf is always at the door.
When the goodly Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?
All the clever gimmicks in the world are no use, however, without storytelling which is engaging. Here 1927 draw the audience into Paul Barritt's animated world as performers Sue Appleby, Lewis Barfoot and Eleanor Buchan introduce us to the strange inhabitants of Bayou Mansions – the junk shop owner and her wayward daughter, the lonely caretaker and the other occupants – trapped by the nasty children who take to the streets at night to terrorise residents.
Charming and bewitching, this is what theatre is all about and audiences – young and old – should count themselves lucky if they get the chance to experience it.
It ends its Plymouth run tomorrow.
Comedy sisters join forces for all-female stand-up
What The Frock! comedy has sold out shows in Bristol, London and Manchester… and now is staging a pilot event at Exeter's Phoenix Arts Centre next weekend.
On Saturday, your compere will be the inimitable Viv Groskop, recently seen supporting Michael McIntyre.
Joining her will be Bristol-based talent Cerys Nelmes (What The Frock!'s resident MC in Bristol; Alice Frick and Taunton-born Laura Lexx, billed as the "next generation Lucy Porter" by industry website Chortle.