If there’s one word that is hated by every Theatre-lover it is: ‘improv’. The fact that you could be the reason that the evening goes terribly is usually enough to scare away everyone and anyone from a show. That’s without remembering that if the actors are not top-notch, improv can be an excruciatingly awkward and boring experience.
Luckily, the West End has welcomed a show that is the polar-opposite of the above. Rebecca Northon plays ‘Mimi’, a French clown whose blind date for the evening has failed to turn up – so, she decided to replace him with an unwilling man from the audience. But, rather than a few moments of public humiliation, Northon subjects the rather embarrassed man to be her co-star for the next 90 minutes.
Blind Date is one of the funniest pieces of improvised theatre I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. It is witty, fearless and a piece of comic genius. Everybody feels like they are apart of the show (and not in a cheesy, “He’s behind you!” kind of way either) without very much effort.
Mimi goes further than most comedienne’s would go with their ‘volunteers’ – whilst still leaving plenty of space untouched to make it appropriate for teens and adults alike. And, both showed clear signs of thoroughly enjoying the evening. It’s a risky night out but when it goes to plan (which, with the skill of the cast, one would presume would be the case the majority of the time) it provides a humorous Theatrical experience that you will never forget.
As 2,000 people waited outside the doors of the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue the blinds in front of the entrance windows seamlessly rolled up in perfect synchronisation. It was the perfect entrance for, what would be, a mysterious evening. Derren has pulled it off again!
If you feel gripped to your TV sets (or, in one episode – your couch) when watching him on Channel 4, the intensity of his live stage shows are at a whole new level. Every angle of the show has been perfected – from truly jaw-dropping moments to times when you are laughing your head off. That’s inclusive of the many volunteers Derren used during the show as well.
The set is extremely simplistic, which exposes Derren to a world where he cannot hide behind big machinery (as in Svengali) and it opens the platform for real magic. The openness of the show (and some of Derren’s revelations during it) makes Infamous a much more personal experience. However, there were some moments which I felt were performed poorly – especially one hospital scene which I feel had a lot of build-up but no substance.
In terms of suitability, Infamous does contain some strong language and is definitely not suitable for under 12’s. Even one day later, I am still shaking my head in disbelief of what I witnessed. Andy Nyman (Derren’s Director and Co-Writer) and Derren have worked a masterpiece here and I’m already scouring the internet for more tickets!
This show has proved Derren to be a greater genius (well, he puts it in other words during the show) than anyone ever thought before. Everyone has a duty to see this show again and again and again!
A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, revolutionised the West End, broke records and won countless awards. And, it looks like it’s ready to do that all over again! Unlike so many other shows in the heart of London, the talent doesn’t hide behind fancy costumes and big sets. In fact, apart from a white line on the stage on which the dancers line-up, there is very little else as far as a set is concerned. But this is no hindrance.
A Chorus Line is raw talent at its finest! The singing is fantastic, the dancing is spectacular and the acting is authentic and believable. It is widely known that the original production of A Chorus Line was based on the real lives of dancers who were taped by Michael Bennett, telling their life stories.
Well, I must send a huge apology to all of the popular television programmes of today, this reality show beats them all! As well as that, the team behind this revival picked a legendary venue to house this timeless production. It is a musical that will surely change the minds of anybody that feels squeamish at the thought of a night out at the theatre – and one that will become an all time favourite for west end lovers (if it isn’t already!)
If you’re unsure as what to see when you’re in town, keep it safe and take a visit to the Palladium! Book your tickets now, by clicking here.