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Five Reasons To See....Die, Mommie, Die!

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Dale Vicker is a Manchester based fringe actor who is best known for his work with the award nominated Vertigo Theatre Productions. Winning acclaim for his roles in ‘M’ and Out! he recently took on his biggest challenge stepping in to the stilettos of Off Broadway legend Charles Busch to take on the lead role in his award winning play Die, Mommie, Die! that had its UK Premiere in March at Taurus Bar. Due to huge demand the production is back for two performances only at the Ballroom at Sachas Hotel as part of Manchester Pride 2011.

1. A UK First, well a second chance to see a UK First.
Well it’s a chance to see this wonderful play again here in the UK after our original UK premiere back in March played to sell out audiences and overwhelming response. We all want impressive stories to tell our grandchildren of where we were when…. well now you have the chance to join the elite few that will catch a history making UK premiere! (even though it’s the second time we have done it, so it’s really not all that impressive now!)

2. The dresses!
Ok so Vertigo may be a fringe theatre company but wow have they gone all out on the dresses for the lead role Angela Arden! Set in the 60’s, Angela is very much the fallen pop diva about to fall on hard times herself, however with a different stylish costume (including a couture number!) in every scene, we wouldn’t be surprised if the dresses get the standing ovation, in fact I think they did the first time round. Vertigo always go all out with their design and costumes but for this production it’s really special.

3. Charles Busch
The multi-talented award winning legend Charles Busch has been writing and starring in productions for over 25 years. He has brought to Off Broadway campy shows such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and his recent smash hit The Divine Sister and also won acclaim for more mainstream Broadway work including the Tony Nominated The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and the cult musical Taboo. Busch even received a Sundance special performance award for Die Mommie and has just won the legend of Off Broadway award. What better way to come and see what all the fuss is about?

4. Just for laughs
The play is a brilliant campy melodrama that plays homage to those slightly demented films from the 50’s and 60’s era such as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Dead Ringer. Directed by Craig Hepworth the twists and turns of the plot result in several hilarious scenes including a scene with a giant suppository and a deep look at family relationships that will make you appreciate the family you have!   

5. Fringe and Pride
 Fringe theatre actors give their time in-between full time jobs usually and receive no pay. We do it for the love of the business (plus it keeps us off the streets) and rely on support from audiences so everyone of you who pay to see a fringe show like this one keeps great companies like Vertigo alive and kicking. Also Die, Mommie, Die! is a part of the official Manchester Pride line up, something we are all happy about. Vertigo has a great connection with the gay audience so this is a perfect fit. It’s a great cause and very exciting. Oh, and we are in a ballroom this time....A BALLROOM!!!!

Die, Mommie, Die! is at Sachas Ballroom on 24 August and 25 August. For further details, visit the Vertigo website. 


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