Wednesday, 29 April, 2009

Genre: Musical
Opened 29 April 2009
Written: Based on an original idea by Phillip George & David Lowenstein, adapted by Julie Balloo
Directed: Bill Deamer
Cast: Su Pollard
Synopsis: A musical celebration of the swinging 60s. Set in a hair-dressing salon, the audience are taken on a musical journey around swinging London, capturing the fashions, sexual liberation and great fun of the times. Five women and one man will twist and shout, shimmy and shake while belting out classic, timeless hits including Downtown, Son Of A Preacher Man, I Only Wanna Be With You, To Sir With Love and These Boots Are Made For Walking. A Soundtrack full of pop songs which made big stars out of Cilla Black, Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield.

What the popular press had to say.....
SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says "tacky, cynical affair." There are some great tunes here...but their so ear-splittingly over-amplified, so shrill and so often off-key". FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The choreography looks like something my goddaughter cooks up with her friends on a Saturday afternoon...Pollard is loud and the others are game but with this sort of material there aren’t a whole lot of options." PAUL VALE for THE STAGE says, "The show remains decidedly amiable rather than ever becoming electrifying." ANNA LOWMAN for says, "Some of the gags are just embarrassingly bad, and even the songs, wonderful as they are, only give the narrowest of snapshots of the groundbreaking music which came out in the 1960s." PAUL CALLAN for THE DAILY EXPRESS says, "This delightful evening is awash with nostalgia."

External links to full reviews from popular press
The Times
Evening Standard

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