Artistic Director: Dave Spencer
Musical Director: Jo Turner
Writer: Oscar Wilde
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
When the cast escort you into the room, already dressed in their beautifully designed Victorian outfits and singing their heart out, you notice that there is something purely vital for any theatre venue missing: chairs. You, alongside every other audience member, shuffle like dazed sheep towards the centre of the room while madly casting glances at other fellow helpless souls as if to say: what in the name of Gray’s pajamas is going on? Not only that but the sets, from Mr. Gray’s manor to the prostitute’s den, are positioned in the corners of the room.
You may feel uncertain at first but once the shock has sizzled down and you have composed yourself after an uncontrollable hysterical laugh you can finally really appreciate Another Soup’s wonderful ability to break the fourth wall in Victorian Vices – The Picture of Dorian Gray. This is interactive theatre like you have never experienced it before.
Almost word-by-word the extremely mesmerising cast utter Oscar Wilde’s whimsical dialogue. They tell the tale of Dorian Gray, a handsome easily suggestible 18-year-old who is manipulated into living as a piece of never aging art at the price of surrendering his soul.
Just like Lord Henry Wotton can simply tempt Dorian; brooding Jon Parsonage can easily persuade us that he is portraying this influential character. There is something magical about the way he speaks and acts that brings this crucial character to life. He is the stand out of the show and an actor we should all keep our eyes on.
If you are not a fan of standing for two hours while creepy prostitutes try and feel you up then this is not the performance for you. If you are looking for an innovative eccentric show then you will not want to miss this breakthrough in theatre.
Runs until Sat 23th Aug