A few years ago, I took some weekend visitors to BAC to see one of those Edinburgh ‘ones that got away’. It was called ‘Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea’ and it was enthralling – big hit with us all. A combination of film / animation, performance and music, it was impossible to describe but impossible not to fall in love with it. It’s taken the young company 1927 a while to come up with their second show, but it builds on it and moves them forward significantly.
Before it starts, you’re forced to engage with leopardskin-clad usherettes with customer service skills that can best be described as diffident, contemptuous and downright rude! Then Paul Barrit’s extraordinary film – part cartoon, part silent movie, sometimes sweet, sometimes edgy - starts to play on three screens. It continues throughout, with three actor musicians – Suzanne Andrade (also writer / director), Esme Appleton (also costumes) & Lillian Henley (also music) – interacting with it to tell the stories of the inhabitants of a block of flats. The virtuosity is breathtaking, the technical skills positively awesome and you are swept away with the creativity whilst being thoroughly entertained by something like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 1927 have truly created a genre all of their own and I can’t wait for their next show. The delay since the first seems to have been the result of a world tour – I can’t think of a better advert for British creativity, innovation and ingenuity.
I can’t recommend this show enough. GO!
- Gareth James
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