Reviewed – 3rd April 2018
“Tristan Bernays’ script, with the poetic nature of its words, caused the piece to play out like a song”
From the discreet entrance on Launcelot Street, I felt like I was sneaking into a secret gig. I stumbled through the mist and smoke that enveloped the space, into post war Britain. Surrounded by posters from that bygone era, rubble, even a half destroyed car and with the music of Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts playing in the distance, The Vaults had been transformed into the perfect venue for this rock ‘n’ roll musical, recreating an evocative fifties atmosphere that continued throughout the evening.
The live on stage band, Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts were fantastic. Not only were they accomplished musicians, but each one had a defined and entertaining character that kept me enthralled with their dynamic as a band, as much as with the actual plot. The story line itself was charming and endearing managing to seamlessly weave in slapstick comedy thanks to the outstanding performances of Molly Chesworth as Josie, and George Parker as Teddy. Chesworth’s characterisation and impersonations were phenomenal and told the audience so much about the character with so little.
Tristan Bernays’ script, with the poetic nature of its words, caused the piece to play out like a song. The rhythm, combined with the detailed imagery, gave so much to the audience. The costume (Holly Rose Henshaw) and set (Max Dorey) were simple, yet effective, both meticulously designed with close attention to detail. Christopher Nairne’s lighting was beautiful and set the tone perfectly for each scene.
Eleanor Rhode’s direction is a credit, everything is so well thought out. Teddy is a feel-good, rhythmic, classic musical that had me wanting to jump up and jive the whole time.
Reviewed by Charlotte Hurford
Photography by Scott Rylander
The Vaults until 3rd June