Drill Hall Opens 2003 with Jungle, Throat & CabaretDate: 17 January 2003
London's Drill Hall this weekend launches its 2003 season, an eclectic mix of theatre and cabaret mounted in the venue's two performance spaces, running weekends only in Drill Hall 1 and throughout the week in Drill Hall 2.
Opening tomorrow (18 January 2003) in Drill Hall 1 is Amazonia Productions' In the Jungle of the City (pictured), a sung journey through the street world and its drama, from drugs, poverty, begging, scams, love and homelessness. Written, composed and directed by Jude Alderson, it continues to 26 January.
It's followed in Drill Hall 1 by one weekend only (1 & 2 February) of La Barca Ensemble's Jazztopinter, based on Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, and then in March (8 to 30 March) by Elizabeth Mansfield's one-woman show Portraits in Song, a dramatic evening interwoven with songs by Edith Piaf and Bertolt Brecht.
Company FZ's Throat fuses clowning, dance, acrobatics, circus and physical theatre to create a unique piece exploring modern life and male identity. After receiving glowing reviews at Edinburgh and the London Mime festival, it runs at Drill Hall 1 from 5 to 27 April 2003. Music Theatre London gives Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro a 21st-century makeover from 11 May to 8 June.
Over in Drill Hall 2, the schedule opens with Filler Up, the story of a baker and Holocaust survivor's daughter and her relationship with food in a world obsessed with thin. Deb Filler - whose last piece, Punch Me in the Stomach, received international acclaim - wrote and stars in this one-woman show, running from 6 February to 8 March 2003.
The little-known world of the Castrati singers is the unusual subject of True or Falsetto?, which runs from 3 to 17 April 2003 (again in Drill Hall 2). Writer Lucy Powell's other work includes The Making of Miss Peggy Lee which played at BAC and the King's Head amongst others venues. This off-beat comedy mines five centuries of musical history and stars Italian cabaret singer Ernesto Tomasini.
The Drill Hall 2 schedule also includes a short season celebrating the tradition of English chansons, Barb Jungr and Russell Churney's msucial Norah's Ark and additional cabarets, workshops and other events.
- by Hannah Khalil