Five Reasons to See … Spinach
Date: 15 June 2012
Cassandra Compton and Ben Gerrard play Kate and Tom in Spinach at the King's Head Theatre is Islington. Set the morning after a crazy night, the new musical sees these characters trying to untangle the chaos of the previous evening. It runs until 7 July.
Here Cassandra and Ben give us 5 reasons why you should go along to see it.
1. It’s like no other job we’ve ever done
It’s a roller-coaster from start to finish. A fast-paced romantic comedy thriller that is entirely sung through with us never leaving the stage. Well, Ben does at one point but that’s just to take his clothes off and put a towel on! We’ve been told there’s a good chemistry between us, which can’t be a bad thing in a rom-com.
2. It’s a great cast
We’ve had the best time in rehearsals, working with the fantastic Claire Greenway and Craig Whittaker. The show’s writers have added two new numbers and an extended ending to the original production, which began its life at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester last year. We’re all just so excited to get the show in front of a London audience now.
3. It’s got a broad appeal
If last year’s run is anything to go by, this show works on many different levels and appeals to different audiences. People who love musicals or opera or straight theatre will all find something in it for them and because of the way Waters Edge creates its work, it’s going to be accessible to a non-theatre going audience too: it’s relevant and entertaining to people who might not usually access the arts. We’re really delighted that the company is working with homeless charities and community organisations in London to bring in new audiences.
4. The fact that it’s entirely sung does not distract from the story
You can’t help but get involved in the plot and the plight of the characters. The music, which takes us from romance to peril to comedy in a flash, becomes almost subliminal.
5. It’s great music!
At the end of the day, the play works because the music does. It carries you through this insane journey from start to finish and doesn’t let you off until it reaches its climactic ending. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear this fantastic show!