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Reviewed – 29th April 2021



credit goes to this group of five actors whose dialogue flows naturally despite the socially-distanced situation


Money by Isla van Tricht is a play written for the time of lockdown, created as a virtual and interactive production performed live and experienced via Zoom. But there is no sitting back to just watch this show as each member of the audience has a role to play. We are invited into a meeting between five members of a charity on the brink of collapse, but which has been offered a large life-saving donation. At the end of the meeting we will get to vote whether the charity should accept the money or not.

Appearing on film is the inscrutable Jennifer Anders (Mel Giedroyc), CEO of the philanthropic corporation, telling us, “We want to give back. We want to make a difference” but the source of the money appears to be ethically questionable. Can the charity in all good conscience accept the donation suspecting that it comes from all the bad things in the world that they campaign against?

The design of the production is clever, exploiting technology into a theatrical media. Our virtual theatre is a computer screen with five boxes each containing one of our five characters. With the movements of his actors limited, the Director (Guy Woolf) concentrates on subtleties to provide visual variation. Glenn (Aaron Douglas) takes a drink of water and gesticulates demonstrably. Angela (Sarel Madziya) for the most part passionate, on another occasion looks demure, embarrassed – “Now would be a good time for a hug” – and she looks away from her camera, no longer able to look us in the eye; Kaia (Nemide May) moves forward towards her camera as her passion rises so her head fills our screen. Avery (Adam Rachid Lazaar) leaves his seat in frustration and we see him in miniature at the far end of his room unsure of where to turn. Flo (Loussin-Torah Pilikian) sits bemusedly centre screen, confused by inner doubts.

There is no set, of course, as such. Each character sits in their Zoom box on our screen. What can we learn from the pristine or cluttered background image behind them? An electric guitar, their own graduation photograph, an obscure national flag (or is it a pride statement?), flowers (from the garden or from an admirer?), a piece of modern art, a picture of a tiger… A bit of something to hint at the private life of each of them.

On two occasions, the meeting divides into breakout rooms and the audience chooses where to go. We absorb the scene in front of us but wonder what we are missing in the other room. In these scenes the conversation turns to the personal and we discover more about each character. It is this slow transfer of information that becomes the focus of interest.

Great credit goes to this group of five actors whose dialogue flows naturally despite the socially-distanced situation. They all remain focused throughout, aware that on Zoom they are always on stage. But the dialogue itself is too often not absorbing enough for the length of the play. Once we understand the dilemma and we see where each character stands, it is the personal circumstances and backstory of each character that becomes more involving. But nothing quite goes far enough and, in the end, despite everyone being involved in the crucial vote, the principal dilemma is somewhat lacking.


Reviewed by Phillip Money



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Denim: World Tour- 5 Stars


Denim: World Tour

Soho Theatre

Reviewed – 11th January 2018


“There is no set … but with the amazing costumes and big personalities a set really isn’t needed”


Denim: World Tour, featuring “the drag supergroup with a unique brand of explosive pop,” is an utter delight. At its core, Denim is a fun drag show but it also has a serious message. Think socially conscious gender-bending Spice Girls for the modern age. The premise of the show is that Denim are performing at Wembley arena as part of their world tour. The five drag queens are supported by a band, featuring a guitar, keyboard, and drums, who are donned in black t-shirts emblazoned with “Denim World Tour” in pink. The show is a series of solo and ensemble pop covers with reworked lyrics. There is a vague storyline running through the show, which I don’t want to give away, but it isn’t the focus, which is fine because the queens, the music, and the message are what this show is really about.

The five Denims all have distinctive looks and personalities. Leading the troupe is the hilarious Glamrou (Amrou Al-Kadhi) who sings an amazing song about Islam and queerness. There’s Crystal (Tom Rasmussen) the sex-goddess drag queen with a glitter beard. Then we have Aphrodite Greene (Charlie Parham), a hot popstar, who believes that mums deserve to have a little fun too. Elektra Cute (Guy Woolf) is the punk rock anarchist of the group who reminds us that “gender is a construct.” Last, but certainly not least is Shirley (Hugh Wild) who describes herself as the “sweet and simple kind,” though we eventually learn that she might not be as sweet and innocent as she says. All the Denims are exceptional performers but Crystal’s falsetto is the star of the show. When Crystal hits those high notes the audience understandably goes nuts. The troupe are able to create strong harmonies, and the parts where they sing in unison are some of the most enjoyable moments of the show.

The band is tight and the sound fills the space upstairs at the Soho theatre. The song choices are excellent (all fun pop hits) and the changes made to the lyrics and arrangements are funny and tongue in cheek. A personal favourite of mine is a satirical radio one live lounge style cover.

There is no set, just the band at the back of the stage, but with the amazing costumes and big personalities a set really isn’t needed. The lighting is spectacular and plays on the idea that we are ‘supposed’ to be at Wembley area. The Denims certainly know how to use a strobe light to their advantage.

With tickets starting at just £8 this show is great value for money. My advice? Get your tickets now before the Denims make it big and you’ll have to shell out to actually see them at Wembley.


Reviewed by Caterina Incisa


Denim: World Tour

Soho Theatre until 3rd February



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