****ORANGES & ELEPHANTS

There is so much in this unique blend of Victorian violent vaudeville where Celtic and Jewish rhythms blend in an incredible kaleidoscope of history, or rather Herstory in this noisy, beautiful balletic riot of poverty and petticoats.

Inspired by the real Forty Elephants gang in Southwark in the nineteenth century East End writer, Lil Warren gets down and dirty bringing tribal terror to the Music Hall. Whilst Warren’s excavation, celebration and reinvention of this East End language would make a Londoner proud, it speaks with a unique humanity to the hurt and hope of the ghetto beyond: “What you are born is ne’er your fault, You are a soul in your body you caught.”
She captures the underworld of the underworld, the underclass of the working class, where we find the slaves of slaves – woman. Yet this matriarchal world is a full of power and cruelty, predators and romantics, love and lust. Where gallows humour is a permanent fixture and the unsung voices of female poverty, historical and contemporary are finally, and beautifully, sung.

Framed in the gorgeous gin-soaked walls of Hoxton Hall, we the audience are perfectly, perched between past and present, as guests of now and then. Our glad eyed go-betweens of yesterday and today, our Madame of Ceremonies and her perky pianist are the perfect psychopomps journeying us with light into the darkness and back again.
You can feel the ghosts everywhere yet the past ignites the present, most powerfully in a glorious ending that unites us all as one at the end of time. Funny, rousing, horrifying and powerful, this all-female affair is utterly superb. Tremendous performances from the actors, singers and musicians with plenty of comic turns thrown in. The world(s) created by the designer are wonderful, a stroke of genius making the curtain a Booth’s Map of Poverty. In the true spirit of Music Hall and Vaudeville, this is an eclectic mix of styles and culture, as fluid as gender identity itself. Poignant and provocative. Catch it before your time is up!

Pauline Goldsmith

Assoc Artist Vanishing Point, Creator of Bright Colours Only

ORANGES & ELEPHANTS at Hoxton Hall until 10 February

Cast & Creatives info and tickets available on their website

HOXTON HALL

 

WOEFUL PUPPET TOWER OF LONDON 12 FEBRUARY

We are preparing for our last installation at The New Armouries at The Tower of London on 12 February from 1230-400.

This is a FREE event and you can order your tickets here.

WOEFUL PUPPET Tower of London

Please print and bring with you. Once you have attended you have FREE access to the rest of The Tower of London.

There will be art, historical research, film and live installations, Tudor food tasting, music from Hackney community choir, Silver Song Birds with a new composition by Gina Fergione and the dramatisation of Lady Jane Grey’s own words.

The Live Events start at 130pm and  will include the talk by expert Dr Zoe Hudson called Everyday Life in the Tudor Prison.Exploring the theme of daily life for prisoners in the sixteenth century. Lady Jane Grey was imprisoned from July 1553 until her execution in February 1554, and in her talk Zoe will question what daily life was like for Jane at this time.