PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DISASTER #REVIEW & WHAT’S ON @ THE EPSOM PLAYHOUSE..
Posted by Juliet Wheater on 09 Dec 2022
I’ve always loved the theatre having grown up putting on shows for my family, coercing siblings and cousins to join me, before going on to study Performing Arts at University. We here in Epsom are so lucky to have such vibrant theatre life on our doorstep in the form of Epsom Playhouse and so I was thrilled to review one of our latest performances – Priscilla Queen of the Disaster.
As we took our seats, the set looked pretty familiar as it was not unlike my own sitting room at home! The sofa was strewn with teddies and toys, with the floor sporting lots of loose lego bricks – this was familiar territory to me and I suspect many others in the audience and so through my own assumption of the show, was looking forward to lots of laughs about the crazy ride that motherhood is!
Protagonist Susie dressed in dungarees stepped forward with a huge smile and engaged so naturally, effortlessly and with great warmth with her audience. She stated that tonight she would tell her own story, her own account of lived experiences. Great I thought – often life offers the funniest material. The ‘you can’t make it up’ stuff! Susie is a mother of two little boys (same as me) and with one of the first twists of the evening, stated that she is not in fact an actor which puzzled me! This was a campaign against the perfect often photoshopped lens on life that social media often portrays. Susie is here to shine a light on and keep the balance of motherhood with all its ups and downs.
After just a few minutes, the audience were laughing as Susie threw brilliant and hilarious quips about motherhood. As I suspected the ‘you can’t make it up’ material. With no holds barred, Susie was particularly honest about her births (physically different yes but emotionally worlds apart) she regaled us with funny antidotes about the difficulty of showering following birth (funny in hindsight not at the time stuff!) and a hilarious if mortifying episode at a rather ambitious post-natal yoga class! It was like listening and being entertained by one of your best and funniest friends, the audience laughing out loud, meaning we could all relate.
Susie’s monologue continued in this way before delivering a totally unforeseen punch between the eyes! My companion and I just looked at each other, and even uttered simultaneously ‘what just happened?We the audience had been totally enthralled in following a particular yet not uncommon behaviour of her young son, that you could hear a pin drop. Subtly and so cleverly, a twist in her tale was woven into her dialogue, that there was a slow realisation that crept up upon us, we the spectators of Susie’s lived experience. It was shocking, it was sad, and we were caught totally unawares. Fully invested we rode the rollercoaster of emotions alongside Susie, which was exactly the point. As with life, it happens. Susie was reflective and a lump in my throat began to rise, and I recalled all the women in my life and the fact that as mothers, we each just do our best day by day.
Susie closed her beautiful tribute to her boys, a ‘warts and all’ love story dedicated to them. In time her little boys will have an insight into their mother’s life at that time and how she loved them unconditionally, picked herself up and forged ahead. Even coming to write and perform her brave story! I came away thanking the warm, friendly and funny Susie personally, as she had made me stop and think. She’d made me feel compassionate to others, appreciate my own family life and to laugh when it all goes wrong which it inevitably does!
WHAT’S COMING UP:
Santa Saves Christmas – from Sat 10th December to Sat 24th December 2022
Prices from: Premium £14 Family £51 (2+2 or 1+3) Standard £11 Family £43 (2+2 or 1+3)
Following last year’s sell-out performances of The Santa Show, Honalee Media are delighted to present their latest Christmas production…Santa Saves Christmas! The show where every child gets a present from Santa!
Who can save the magic of Christmas? Jack’s beanstalk won’t grow, Cinderella’s glass slipper is broken and what’s happened to the magic in the Fairy Godmother’s wand? It looks as though Christmas might have to be cancelled… Join Jack, Dasher the Reindeer and Pompom the Penguin for this festive, musical, interactive adventure, as they meet Father Christmas at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas!”
It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds, where every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa – after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO!
Songs include festive favourites:The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and many more!
Dick Whittington Panto – from Thurs 15th December to Sunday 8th January 2023
Prices from: £15.50 – £24.00
The Epsom Playhouse and Spillers Pantomimes are proud to present…Dick Whittington – Panto 2022.
A truly magical panto classic. Follow Dick, his loyal cat and various characters he meets, as he seeks fame and fortune in London town!
A colourful, musical adventure that is just Puurfect for the whole family!
The Greatest Magician – An Evening of Wonders – Weds 18th January 2023
Prices from: £24.50
AN ALL NEW SHOW FOR 2023 – presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboard after he correctly predicted the lottery
This astonishing, enigmatic, five star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief.
Directed by the late Paul Daniels, the enigmatic magic show comes to the stage for the first time – you’ll be transported to jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Focusing on mind-bending feats of illusion, from making people forget their own names to transporting iPhones from the auditorium into blocks of ice – this sensational show is a sure sell-out and showing exclusively for a limited run.
Presented by host of BBC’s Trickster: Live, ‘the most anticipated magician in a generation’ – James Phelan
The Time of Our Lives – Fri 20th January 2023
Prices from: £22.50 Early bird offer £5 off a pair of tickets*
*Early Bird Offer – £5 off a pair of tickets booked before Fri 30th Dec 2022.
The Movies of the 80s, a never-ending whirlwind of classic movies and timeless soundtracks! And to add to this, all done in the way only Rock for Heroes can do it.
We invite you to come dressed up as your favourite 80s character, we invite you to sing along, we want you to dance, and we know you’ll laugh! Of course!
From Dirty Dancing to Top Gun, From Ghostbusters to The Breakfast club all the hits are here from your favourite 80s blockbuster movies.
We’re gonna party like its 1985! So don’t be put in the corner and we’ll make sure you don’t forget about us!
Let’s see your Flash dance and Lets have The Time Of Our Lives!
Tasha Leaper as Madonna 2023 – Saturday 21st January 2023
Prices from: £22
Tasha Leaper is back with her incredible band and professional dancers. Bringing you another evening of amazing entertainment, pure enjoyment and a chance to reminisce and relive some of the best decades of pop music.
Into The Groove, Holiday, Like A Prayer, Vogue, Beautiful Stranger, Hung Up, True Blue, Material Girl… The hits just keep on coming in this dynamic tribute to the undisputed Queen of Pop, Madonna!
Tasha takes you back through the years performing Madonna’s greatest hits, she has the looks, the voice AND the moves to make for a truly authentic experience.
This show gives you replica dance routines, iconic costume changes and overall a high energy concert experience.
Bring your dancing shoes, you will literally be dancing in your seats!
Talon – The Best of the Eagles. The 25th Anniversary – Sun 22nd January 2023
Prices from: £27.50
Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR’ will once again feature Eagles timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin’ Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and many more.
This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base.
The ability of Talon to evolve and go from strength to strength in delivering bigger and better shows year on year continues once again with what promises to be an EVENT…
Milton Jones – Tues 24th January 2023
Prices from: £18 Student £15 (ID will be required)
MILTON JONES headlines Outside the Box Comedy Club at the Epsom Playhouse.
As seen on Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week, Milton Jones is one of the most in demand prolific gag writers out there. Fresh from his sell out tour Milton will be headlining the award winning Outside the Box Comedy Club at the Epsom, Playhouse.
Plus a support act and an MC.
If ‘all the world’s a stage’ support your local theatre.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL