Producer & Assistant Director:
Emily Louizou, Phil Glover
THE WILD PARTY
28th - 30th November 2013, The Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Gin. Sin. Skin. Fun.
Manhattan decadence in the 1920's provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable; The Wild Party tells the captivating story of Queenie and Burrs as they live their lives as deluded vaudeville performers.On a lazy Sunday morning, Queenie, a dazzling but jaded dancer, finds that her relationship with Burrs, a deeply frustrated, violent minstrel performer, needs some energy. Together, they decide to throw a party that they will never forget.As the night progresses, we meet a diverse set of outcasts: a seemingly happy interracial couple; a cocaine-sniffing bisexual casanova; an incestuous brother-act; a lesbian stripper and her morphine-addicted girlfriend; a diva of indeterminable age and infinite life-experience; a naïve fourteen-year old girl who yearns for the lights of Broadway; and Black, the suave new boyfriend of Queenie's aggressive best friend, Kate. As the night unfolds, the gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the parade of personalities you witness crash with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.
“Shajahan’s nuanced and intelligent direction of the show exhibited a depth of talent... ensuring an emotive and layered performance that (the) socially incisive subject matter deserves” - The London Tab
"The immaculately costumed company have a tremendous chemistry about them, and through their physical and musical dexterity present the decadence of the Jazz Age with engaging vitality" - The London Tab
"The Wild Party proved to be a highly enjoyable show that engaged fully with the audience, inviting us into this surreal spectacle and ending the Bloomsbury winter season with a bang"" - Pi Media
QUEENIE: Hayley Bater | BURRS: Jack Oliver Aaron | BLACK: Matt Wedlich | KATE: Crystelle Pereira | DOLORES: Leila Grace | MAE: Emma Groome | EDDIE: Harlan Davies | NADINE: Josie Charles | JACKIE: Luke McGarey | OSCAR: Vincenzo Monachello | PHIL: Ben Whittle | SALLY: Domique Rouse | MADELINE: Clare Palmer | GOLD: Thomas Chesover | GOLDBERG: Ben Hiam | ENSEMBLE: Althea Dove, Farah Omotosho, Fi Evans, Hansy Shore, Ines Anderson, Katherine Thomas, Laerke Engkilde, Louise Farnall, Abraham Lee, Luke Conor Baker, Sam Thomas, Tristan French