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****Sister Mary’s Playtime – Edinburgh Preview LONDON by Lil Warren

Reviewers should never mention topics outwith the artists’ control. The journey, the seats, the stairs or the toilets nor the TEMPERATURE but……they do.

I mention the heat here because Tim McArthur, who shared his new show Sister Mary’s Playtime, in preview, at the Arts Theatre Upstairs, Leicester Square performed in a complete nun’s habit. Feet bedecked in taps.  For over an hour. At FULL THROTTLE and in FULL VOICE! We, however, could barely pick up our gin and tonics.

The audience members were perspiring as if in a Tennessee Williams revival in Arizona. So moist, they were even beyond wiping away the glistening sweat beading lip and brow and well, everywhere.

We were eventually cajoled out of our seats for the opening “prayer” and were galvanised enough to join in the Hand-BAG! Freezer-BAG! Ball-BAG! shout-along.

This fantastic sing-a-long, do actions-a-long, shriek-a-long is supported by the deliciously wonderful Brother Mathew on the ivories and even the little timing glitches that we expect in preview, dare I say it, were greeted warmly by a now noisy and appreciative audience.

I particularly enjoyed the “interview” segment at the end of the show, McArthur is a skilled and highly entertaining interviewer, allowing guests to make us laugh too.  And the surprise guest was astoundingly good. (No spoiler alert here).

Sister Mary is outrageously rude, camp, cheeky with enough political bite to make someone (me) snort their beer and nearly choke. Expect audience participation, to be pulled up (not off) on stage and some sort of cake as a reward for joyously joining in with Musical Theatre faves that are just knocked out of the park by this fabulous performer. A perfect Edinburgh show!

TIM MCARTHUR

Playing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 3-26 August 2018 @ 5pm

Frankenstein Pub, 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN

Lil Warren is a writer and director, an  old Edinburgh Festival lag, and co-host on Free Seed on Soho Radio CULTURE CHANNEL.

 

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FORM EXPRESSION

A new satirical performance piece created by 11-14 year old girls

Form Expression Poster

Unity Arts was awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to deliver a three month Theatre Arts Project.

A presentation, called Form Expression, of some of the work that came out of the girls’ research and workshops looking at the portrayal of the female form took place at The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2 on Sunday March 28.

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They used Creative Writing, Dance, Movement, Music and Devising to create a new work which looked at the Media, Food, Dieting and Fashion industries and the influence they have on young girls.

Director Lil WarrenChoreographer Jayne McVeighSet Design & Construction/Sound Technician George WaltersPerformers
Ari Burleigh
Ella Clark-Cowan
Alice McNaught-Davis
Manuela Pomposo Leiva
Katherine Georghiou-Makki
Iris Owen
Minouche Tas
Isabel WaltersWriters
Amber Allsop and Adina ReidAdditional Contributions
Cherie Anderson, Ali B, Damiola Fasulu, Shanksy
Let Me Introduce Myself
Solitude by Alice McNaught DavisDid You Know?Mother Earth Contemporary Dance piece looking at the images the girls have seen of grieving women fighting for survival and protecting their childrenViolette by Katherine Georghiou-Makki
Whatever Food
Stretching The Truth by Amber AllsopNobody Til Somebody Loves You? Jazz Dance looking at how films like Twilight inform young girls about what to expect from relationshipsGirls Beware Girls
Beautify by Minouche Tas
Beep Beep
Wishful by Isabel Walters
Make Up and Phone by Ari Burleigh
Looking Good
Tempestuous by Ari Burleigh
Did You Know?Who’s Dressing Who? Expressive Movement piece about peer pressureLonging by Ella Clark-Cowan
Glamour by Iris Owen

One Folk Dance symbolising the connection we all have

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