Dreamboats and Petticoats is a swinging jukebox musical that will transport you away to the rock 'n' roll 1960s for the time of your life. Based on one of the biggest selling albums of the decade, the musical is penned by the creators of hit shows such as 'Goodnight Sweetheart' and 'Birds of a Feather' and features a brand new original story in London's West End. The show features a wealth of famous songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows and Chuck Berry that will have you dancing in the aisles along with the hugely talented cast and live band. Over a million people have seen the show in London's West End and on tour, the the musical proves that rock and roll music is alive and kicking!
In 1961 the kids of the social club are excited to watch Norman and Bobby compete in a national song-writing contest, as well as trying to attract the attentions of sassy Sue. Bobby discovers that Laura has a hidden talent for playing the piano and decides to help him win the contest. Together they compose sweet music, and Bobby slowly begins to notice the girl behind the glasses. But unfortunately for Laura, Sue begins to notice Bobby...
The musical features a soundtrack of hit songs such as 'Da Do Ron Ron', 'Let's Twist Again', 'At the Hop' and 'Teenager in Love'.
Playwright, novelist, poet, photographer, visual artist, songwriter…phew. Acclaimed polymath Philip Ridley burst onto the theatrical scene in the early 90’s with a provocative series of plays and has been challenging audiences across a range of forms ever since. With a new play beginning soon, we speak to him about film, a changing London and how theatre teaches you to feel.
It feels as if we’ve only just had a bank holiday and then another one pops its head up. Such is the glory of May! Make the most of the (hopefully) sunny week and another long weekend with some of our top picks: graffiti festivals and pub theatres, performance art, free films and the Sunday papers brought to life.
Charles Barker’s script for The Call Up won the Brit List award for best unproduced screenplay in 2011, but its only now that the film is hitting screens. We chat to him about the creation process, technology and video games.
Bristol’s rapper and instrumentalist Dizraeli first drew interest for his unusual hip hop fusions which incorporated guitar, singing and even an eight-piece band. As his career has progressed his raw vocal delivery remains powerful alongside lyrics that veer from the personal to the political to the mythical in the space of a single verse.
Dizraeli split from his band last year, and spent some of the intervening time in Senegal studying music and in Calais meeting refugees in the ‘jungle’. In the run-up to his new EP, we chatted to him about cultural contexts, artistic intimacy and political responsibility.