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Review: Gypsy

Wednesday 4th April 2012 was one of those days where you’re given every possible sign that the best thing to do would be to stay indoors. It started raining long before I woke up, it began snowing whilst I was busy doing the ironing and the wind was so loud that it frequently woke me up the night before. Yes, I think that sounds like the perfect reason to stay at home, curled up on the sofa with a cup of something hot. 

I, on the other hand, was defiant in the face of the elements because I wasn’t prepared to let a little thing like ‘bad weather’ get in the way of me finally seeing Gypsy at Curve. So, armed with what turned out to be a weak umbrella that I ended up shoving in the nearest bin after it turned upside-down for the tenth time, narrowly avoiding a little old lady, I made my way to the theatre.

If you think about it, on a day like the one I described above, there’s not much left to do in Leicester (or anywhere else for that matter) apart from shop, visit a museum (Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens near De Montfort University is my personal favourite), watch a movie, etc – generally anything that involves staying indoors. However, in my opinion, the best thing to do when the weather is a total buzz-kill is to watch a show at Curve.

When I eventually arrived at the theatre (looking like a drowned rat) there was definitely excitement in the air and everyone was in good spirits, unified in their anticipation of the show. I, predictably, made a beeline for the restrooms and it was seriously jam-packed with ladies. The topic of conversation, of course, was the rubbish weather and everyone was busy fixing their hair, in addition to drying their hats, hair, scarves and leggings – okay, that last one was just me!!

Photo of Caroline O’Connor as Momma Rose by Pamela Raith

Once we were allowed into the theatre to take our seats, the excitement in the air just intensified. My friend Ricky and I had great seats and we had a good view of the stage and the audience – I like looking at the reaction of the audience sometimes (sorry, I’m weird like that!!).
The show itself was excellent, which I knew it would be, but it far exceeded my already high expectations. The star of Gypsy was Caroline O’Connor, who brings Mommaa Rose to live and has a great set of lungs on her. I was completely and utterly blown away by her voice, especially when she sang Rose’s Turn – WOW!

See below for Bette Midler’s version.

Whilst Caroline might have been the star, the entire cast performed their parts really well, with many of them having just starred in Curve’s Christmas show (42nd Street). I was particularly impressed by the imaginative use of the stage, which always seems to be the case when it comes to Paul Kerryson and the scene in which the younger kids are transformed into their older selves. The scene uses some strobe lighting effects and I’m sure I heard some sort of flickering sound (like a filmstrip), making it look like you’re looking at an old film strip via a projector. I know that probably makes no sense, but it’s so cool!!

The audience really seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the show, in particular the chaps that Gypsy Rose Lee directed one of her onstage jokes at. At the end of the show, at least 20 people stood up to give Caroline a standing ovation and she 100% deserved it.

If you’ve not seen the show yet, fear not because there’s still time to get your hands on the hottest tickets in Leicester. Click HERE to go to Curve’s website and enjoy the incredible show that is Gypsy. Check out the tailer below, which is sure to entice you!!

Have you seen Gypsy? What did you think? Weren’t the costumes amazing? I want some of those feathers!! Feel free to pop your thoughts in the comments box below.

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‘…a bawdy romp through sci-fi Thebes’ – Oedipussy is coming to Curve.

On 7 February, Curve Young Company member Jenni Smith and Curve’s media officer Lucy Pickering attended the opening night of Spymonkey’s ‘Oedipussy’ at Royal & Denrgate theatre, Northampton.


Kill your father and marry your mother.

That’s the basic concept at work in Oedipus, the tragedy which sent Sophocles to the top spot for playwrights in Ancient Greece almost two thousand five hundred years ago. A lot of blood, sweat and tears.

Spymonkey, a clowning quartet of rather epic proportions, have transformed the classic text into a bawdy romp through sci-fi Thebes – say that ten times fast. It’s a playful revenge against Scotsman critic Joyce McMillan’s review of Spymonkey’s last show, Moby Dick (2011). Instead of accepting her demand for maintaining the sacredly serious performance of high literature, Spymonkey do quite the opposite. There’s no shortage of blood, sweat and tears, though it’s strategically placed paper cut-out blood, sweat from running around in between costume changes and tears of laughter from the audience. This is physical comedy at its best; everything McMillan condemned – ‘silly walks and slapstick’ – which tickles the audience in just the right places.

To read Jenni’s full review, pick up a copy of The Demon newspaper.

View the Spymonkey rehearsal video

Spymonkey’s Oedipussy is at Curve, 27 – 31 March.
£10 tickets for aged 16 – 26 yrs.
For more information and to book tickets: 0116 242 3595 /