Rip-roaring Radio Show coming to Richmond's Theatre
Friday, Oct 18, 2013
Following three successive sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, their first national tour and a West End season, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour comes to Richmond's Georgian Theatre next weekend.
Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut-glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the show’s writer/performers use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience.
The show will include three rip-roaring tales: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Romance of Helen Simms and The Four Minute Mystery. All the stories are new yet delightfully reminiscent of the golden age of radio. Watch Bram Stoker’s classic tale of vampires given the full Fitzrovia treatment, witness a young secretary from London proving that romance in life need not be over at the age of 35, and prepare to be blown away by a detective thriller told in just four minutes! Can you solve the crime before the time is up? All sound effects are created live on stage!
The Fitzrovians revel in the glamour of a bygone era, from costume and performance to props. They transport audiences to their unique universe - a wonderful imagining of how commercial 1940s radio should have been done. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour lovingly satirize the casual imperialism and stiff upper lips of the period, throwing them into relief with physical comedy and a modern twist to produce a heady comic cocktail.
The troupe began in 2008, when founding members restaged vintage radio plays from America. They enjoyed wearing pencil moustaches so much that they were inspired to write their own material in a period style. Since then they have won widespread acclaim and performed extensively to sold-out houses including a season at Trafalgar Studios and a year-long residency at Shakespeare’s Globe, London.
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour is on at the Georgian Theatre Royal on Saturday 26th October at 7:30pm. Tickets available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or through the website at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk