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STRANGE THE ROAD by LIL WARREN Review

“STRANGE THE ROAD” – The Hope Theatre, London Feb 2017

From the moment the audience enters this studio space at the Hope & Anchor Pub Theatre they are confronted with a display of violent hierarchy in a frozen tableau of the full cast. 1930s New York Gangster Malloy (Pat Koupland) at the centre, drink in hand aggressively keeping his subordinates Randall (Darren Paul McStay) and Hughie (Rikki Chamberlain) in check.

Separated by this melee stage right we see a waitress (Andromeda Godfrey) who we will later meet as Verda, and stage left we see Frenchie (Joey Ellis) leaning with an air of melancholy surrounding him. He is however the first to spring into life signifying the start of the play. This is his story. Ellis’ character takes relish in explaining his emotional turmoil at every opportunity. The audience in this intimate space clearly hang on his every word as he explodes into exposition. We witness Frenchie falling in love with Verda who works at the club that these gangsters hang out at but he is Malloy’s driver and he has his aggressive sight set Verda, as does Randall. (Godfrey and McStay clearly enjoy playing Verda and Randall with verve and style). Wonderful subplots involving Randall and Hughie keep the audience on their toes as they flip between hilarious childhood buddies and ugly underworld villains.

This play is so well written by writer director Lil Warren. Every character brought to life from their opening frozen state are well rounded and immediately endeared by the audience without cliches attached. The carefully crafted black humour is immensely enjoyable and the staging within the space is sometimes intimate as characters plot secretly upstage then other times the audience are jolted back in their seats as characters are attacked. Lil Warren has achieved something wonderful with a very strong cast in this small space. I hope that one day STRANGE THE ROAD will be given the opportunity to spread its wings in a larger auditorium.

Simon Bowles   Production Designer   
Portfolio & Showreel: http://www.SimonBowles.com  
Member of the Britsh Film Designers Guild 
Member of British Academy of Film and Television 
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BLACKOUT SIZZLE TRAILER

BLACKOUT SIZZLE TRAILER

Blackout will be performed

22 April Bloomsbury Theatre

https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/15107

23 April Soho Theatre

http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/national-theatre-connections-2016/

There are some free tickets for Under 18s. Please contact us via below to reserve these.

Photograph by Michael Cheetham

OUR YOUNG CAST FOR BLACKOUT

NebiuSarah RichardsonZak Reay=Barryshaun dicksIshmelSarah Colour

We have been reheasrsing and meeting in a variety of places since January (Hoxton Hall, Hackney Wick, even the Geffrye Museum), Our final ensemble have been working hard and producing exciting ideas in the rehearsal room(s).

We are pleased to introduce (L to R) Nebiu Samuel, Sarah Richardson, Zak Reay-Barry,  Shaun Dicks, Ishmel Bridgeman and Sarah J Warren, This group of New Theatre Makers will all be performing in Hackney and of course Soho in April 2016.

Cast and performance information email unityarts@hotmail.co.uk

Hoxton Hall Tickets unityarts@hotmail.co.uk

Soho Tickets Soho Theatre Connections Season

Unity Arts at Bloomsbury Theatre 22 April and Soho Theatre 23 April 2016

Unity Arts have been partnered with Soho Theatre to present BLACKOUT by Davey Anderson

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as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Season.

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There will be  a West End showing at Bloomsbury Theatre and Soho Theatre

Bloomsbury Friday 22 April 2016 at 7pm

Tickets are £5 and available Bloomsbury Theatre Blackout

 

Soho Saturday 23 April 2016 at 7pm

Tickets are £5 and available Soho Theatre Connections Season

 

For more performance and cast information email unityarts@hotmail.co.uk