Thursday, 19 July 2012

PANNING FOR GOLD - HEN AND CHICKEN 24TH-26TH JULY 2012

Thrice Three Muses present Panning For Gold, the journey of three jilted brides, to the start of their new lives. Plus after show entertainment from the Cabaret Freaks...

Panning For Gold:
Bristol favourites Thrice Three Muses present the journey of three jilted brides, from their first group therapy session to the start of their new lives. Ada, a young mum, jilted by the father of her child, Shari, 19 and nervous to speak, and Robyn, the eldest of the group, jilted by her cheating girlfriend. Will they recover? Can you ever recover completely? And what is the dark secret binding them? A psychological, pacey drama where nothing is as it seems.

Cabaret Freaks:
For the after show entertainment, the Cabaret Freaks pay tribute to the songs of the big screen ... including hits from Sweeney Todd, Labyrinth, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago, Cabaret and many, many more. Gorgeous girls, belting voices, and plenty of bite.
'An awesome experience ... Possibly the best rendition of Minnelli's Cabaret I've ever seen!'
**** (WhatsHotInBristol.com).

'The girls know how to put on a show... comic genius!'
**** (Skiddle.com).

'Hilarious, if slightly explicit ... there is no doubt that The Cabaret Freaks know how to entertain a crowd'
(BristolTheatreReview.com).

Prices:
Panning For Gold Only: £6
Cabaret Freaks Only: £5
Bargain Double Bill - see both shows: £8

Buy advance tickets from:
http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Bristol/Hen-And-Chicken/tickets.html#content

Date: 24th Jul 2012 - 26th Jul 2012
Panning For Gold: 8:00pm
Cabaret Freaks: 9:15pm

Venue: Hen And Chicken
210 North Street
Bedminster, Bristol
BS3 1JF


Panning For Gold:
Juno - Penny Lamport
Robyn - Anna Gillingham-Sutton
Ada - Jasmine Smart
Shari - Charlee Lauren
Director - June Trask
Understudies - Claire Patrick, Linda Westmoreland, Rebecca Haselhurst, Laura Brailsford, Lydia Denney.

Cabaret Freaks:
Jake Wheeler
Jasmine Smart
Rebecca Haselhurst
Piano - Ben Hughes-Games

1 comment:

  1. Janet Marshall27 July 2012 at 08:11

    This was a wonderful night. The two shows are so different - but Bristol's most LGBT friendly theatre company have struck gold - they somehow manage to compliment each other perfectly.

    The first play, Panning For Gold is a serious feminist four hander, performed in the round (to great effect). June Trask's direction transforms the girls into three jilted brides recovering from depression, and one cheery counsellor (Juno - played expertly by Penny Lamport)- who makes mistakes, but wins our heart by always admitting to them.

    In this group therapy play, all the women have problems - which they overcome by befriending each other, and working through some acting exercises... And it works. From the (very!) young mother (Ada - played beautifully by writer Jasmine Smart), to the anguished Robyn (Anna Gillingham-Sutton)left by her girlfriend on the day of her civil partnership, through to the childish Shari - each woman shows a growth, and a strength of character masked by fragility.

    At the spine-tingling climax, the girl's secret connection is revealed - and there isn't a dry eye in the house.

    After a tactfully long interval - many of the audience wanted, and needed time to share their opinion on the first marvel... Show 2 came in the form of the Cabaret Freaks, billed as the company's 'resident cabaret group' (A fantastic idea - I would love a resident cabaret group myself!).

    Anna Gillingham-Sutton returns - in a sparkly waistcoat, to cheer us all up, and plays a fun sing-along game. Very pantomime (which she admits to) but I, for one, certainly needed it!

    Another star of the previous show then appears - barely recognisable in a purple dress, crazy make up and black curly wig... Of course. The 'Freaks' - and they certainly earnt their title. Jake Wheeler, Jasmine Smart, and Rebecca Haselhurst start their homage to cinema with a set of Tim Burton's finest moments. Singing perfectly through hits from Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, and (I'm told) the Corpse Bride. With comedicly good diction and a ballsy energy - we knew we were in for a good night.

    The show lasted around 90 minutes in total, including reappearances from Anna, and many more fab songs from the Cabaret Freaks. Highlights of the night were the exceptionally belted Mein Herr from Cabaret(performed to a boy of around fourteen who's mother - thankfully - found it hilarious!) and the TimeWarp (performed in sexy schoolgirl uniform!) which had us all on our feet.

    There were a few songs I didn't recognise, and perhaps one too many of these lesser known ones were slower - but they were sung well and with full commitment.

    The Freaks final entrance came in day glow, flourescent shorts for an odd, but utterly brilliant medley - I felt like I was at Butlins on acid! Mixing together Grease, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia and Borat with a Spice Girls hit (Spiceworld the movie... Terrible film, but used to perfect comedy effect).

    The talent, energy, and commitment of the Cabaret Freaks - especially inside the roasting heat of the Hen and Chicken cannot be questioned. Definitely a group to watch!

    Unfortunately, the venue had failed to provide adequate air conditioning for the audience (or the actors). The fact that the cast of both shows still managed, through two shows, to transfix us (and even make us dance!) is a tribute to their talent.

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