“Pub theatre is often by definition the stomping ground of the young where youthful theatre makers and audiences create and try out bold and vibrant work. But the millennials don’t have a monopoly on the fringe.
“As Dame June Bloom, semi-retired Shakespearean actor, Flloyd Kennedy brings a sense of fun and energy equal to any twenty-something in her one-woman show at the Bread and Roses. Bubbly Aussie Dame June is off on a world tour bringing Shakespeare’s sonnets to the masses along with some musing on the nature of mother-daughter relationships, ukulele-based shenanigans and rap. Yes, rap.
“Flloyd Kennedy twinkles and twirls in peacock blue (with matching nail polish) and takes the audience on an hour-long romp through her character’s life. I probably learned more about some of the Bard’s best known sonnets in that one hour than I did in the whole of my school career. We were schooled in quatrains and rhyming couplets, imagery and structure. Kennedy clearly adores his work.
Just as we’re drawn into Shakespeare’s most sublime verse, out comes the ukulele and we’re transported from an outback dunny to the local dance via some musings on life, love, parenting and grandkids.
“‘Yes Because’ runs until Saturday and if you have an hour to spare, do go and see this utterly charming show. It’s not all about the youngsters, you know.”
Dates until 8th April
Reviewer Sian Rowland
Siân’s plays have been shown at various venues around London and her play Gazing At A Distant Star has recently finished a sell-out run at Greenwich Theatre Studio. As well as being a playwright she is an adviser, trainer and writer of award-winning education resources.