Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review: Teddy at the Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse
Reviewed on Monday 8th June 2015

Thrillingly fun and refreshing different, Teddy is a show which dares to be different. Featuring Dougal Irvine's original music performed by a band who take to the stage in character, Eleanor Rhode's production is loud and in-your-face at first whilst also showcasing some beautiful storytelling.

Set in 1950s London, Joseph Prowen and Jennifer Kirby carry the show as Teddy and Josie who - despite being penniless - hit the streets to have a night to remember. Prowen and Kirby's performances are exceptional; the pair narrate Teddy and Josie's journey, mimicking all sorts of different characters throughout.  

"Wild and exhilarating with moments of poignancy."

Although Teddy is seemingly punchy and in your face, certain parts of Tristan Bernays' play could be tightened. However, there is a joyous quality to Bernays' writing - as an audience member the piece is total escapism. There is also a great deal of heart, both central characters may be flawed but they are portrayed with charm.

It's nice to see a show which isn't easily put into a specific box or category. The band are terrific - be sure to arrive early for their pre-show and afterwards the stage becomes a dance floor whilst staff quickly set up a bar. Teddy is wild and exhilarating with moments of poignancy.  

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Teddy runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 27th June 2015.
Please visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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