You know 2017 theatre has officially kicked off when the Awards season is in full swing and The Vaults Festival has served up some excellent fringe theatre.
Originally published on Exeunt
Joe Sellman-Leava opens Labels with quotes from Nigel Farage, Katie Hopkins, Nick Griffin, Idi Amin and Donald Trump, to name but a few. In the first two minutes the audience are hit with a barrage of racial abuse, mandates to force out the immigrants and send them back as if trying to prevent an alien invasion. Independence Day, this is not.
After first seeing previous show Labels in 2015 at the Edinburgh Fringe and again at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2016 on tour (see my full review here), I have eagerly had my ear to the ground for any hint at a future production from Worklight Theatre. Luckily, this year they present and tour their next work, Love Thy Monster, where I first caught a work in progress showing at The Pleasance, Islington before it rushes away to Perth, Australia and eventually up to the Edinburgh Fringe once more for an official unveiling.
Originally published on The Reviews Hub
Awarded 4 stars – Exposing
Katie Hopkins. Idi Amin. Jeremy Clarkson. Nigel Farage. All of these people over the years have taken a public view on immigration. All of these people will be remembered in history for polarising opinions. All of these are quoted at the start of Joe Sellman-Leava’s piece, Labels.