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Grief and fluff: Tiger @OmnibusTheatre

Death is something we all will face. After all, nobody gets out of here alive. But how do you get past it when grief is all you can feel? And this is the premise of Tiger, currently playing at Omnibus Theatre . It's a fascinating exploration of the stages of grief. And with a terrific cast to take you on this journey, it's an endearing and sweet story that has you engaged from the start, wondering what will happen next.  We are introduced to Alice (Poppy Allen-Quarmby) as she gives a stand-up routine. It's not particularly funny and starts to veer into the topic of dying. Something isn't right. She used to be good at this but can't move forward. Soon, she is back in her London apartment with her partner Oli (Luke Nunn), discussing that they need to get a lodger to make ends meet.  Oli is a doctor working night shifts at the local NHS hospital. Alice is not ready to face a return to stand up or anything. So when the first potential lodger arrives (Meg Lewis), looking

The importance of being earnest: The Dreamers @St_JamesTheatre

The Dreamers is more a semi-staged music piece than a piece of musical theatre, but once you get over that (and the feeling you are watching an important and earnest history lesson), it is a fascinating story about Capt Reggie Salomons, who died while trying to save his men at Gallipoli in 1915.

With original words and music by Kent-based musicians James Beeny and Gina Georgio, this production which originated in Tunbridge Wells last year and is now at the St James Theatre.
Beeny and Georgio have an ear for a catchy tune and are part of the six piece band the Virgin Soldiers, which is on stage and provide a contemporary music backdrop to the action happening in front of them with a cast of 20.

It is described as a unique piece of theatre, and for a semi-staged piece it looks great with clever lighting. The on-screen narration from various celebrities including Amanda Redman, Christopher Beeny, Sir Tim Rice serves more as a distraction from the story, given they are asked to soberly rattle off various historical facts.

Much is spent in the piece describing the major events of The Great War, including if they were due to sail a day later they would have survived as the War Cabinet decided to stop sending troops to Gallipoli.

But for anyone unfamiliar with Tunbridge Wells or this particularly story you will be left scratching you head wondering about the significance of Captain Salomons, his popularity, class position, and the horror behind the collision of their ship with a much larger Royal Navy Ship that drowned many men from the Tunbridge Wells area.

Perhaps if this piece is going to be re-examined after its tryout at the St James, more should be made of the individual characters and their stories, and less of the the politicians (even if it is to remind us that the legend of Churchill was not based on his role in the Great War) and geo-political tensions. It might make for a more compelling evening.

The Dreamers runs at the St James Theatre until 11 July.


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