6/07/2012

It's A Pity To Say Goodnight

Last night I was so excited to see one of my closest friends, the wonderful Al Pillay open up in "HIR" new show, Dorothy Squires: Mrs Roger Moore. Running for a stint at The White Bear Theatre before it heads off to show at Edinburgh, I'd recommend catching it whilst you can as the cast is incredible. I was lucky enough to photograph stills from the dress rehersal just hours before the curtain opened, and was utterly enthralled by the performance. Al wasn't just acting as Dot - Al, a mixed race, transgendered melting pot of cultures and chromosones literally transformed into the petite Welsh, blonde haired starlet. It was an utterly incredible feat, and one done with subtlety, emotion and not a hint of drag in sight. It opened up to an audience who could barely stop clapping between songs, let alone at the end and I was lucky enough to sneak in this portrait of a real 21st century Diva getting ready to take the lead.


I cannot wait to share more of these photos with you, but wanted to give the people behind the production a chance to send their favourites out in the run up to Edinburgh Fringe. But there are some magical ones, which really show how well the performers worked together - the facial expressions are genuis!
In the mean time, I cannot recommend seeing the show enough and have left the details below.

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Evergreen Theatrical Productions Ltd presents the premiere of this play with songs about the highs and lows of the infamous Welsh diva Dorothy Squires.

Dorothy Squires was one of the biggest singing stars of the 1940s and 50s. Her hits included Say It with Flowers, Till, The Gypsy, My Way (second only to Sinatra’s). Her disasters included litigation, fire, flooding and rancorous relationships. And as wife to the future 007, she was her own worst enemy.

The show stars Al Pillay (Channel 4’s The Comic Strip) as Dorothy with supporting cast of Adam Anderson, James Doughty, Christopher Palmer and Austin Staton

It is directed/choreographed by Stewart Nicholls and musically directed by Ben Stock

Dorothy Squires: Mrs Roger Moore
White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4DJ (tube:
Kennington)

Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June 2012
Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th June 2012
at 8.45pm

The show lasts one hour
Tickets: £12 (£10 concs)
Box Office: 020 7793 9193
http://www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/productions/


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