1 December 2010
It's Cabaret, we've got our heads down and we're dancing and drinking as fast as we can. The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn't have guns and gas it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone...
Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London is a brand new play for our times – so new, in fact, that it’s only just finished its first run at the National Theatre after receiving its world premiere there in August. This is its first amateur production.
An epic rollercoaster that veers from 1968 to 2525 but comes to rest firmly in 2010; indeed, one of the characters is a Lib-Dem/Conservative government minister. The play tells the story of three sisters and their father – a brilliant scientist whose research into the way human activity is affecting the environment leads him to give one of his daughters some shocking advice as he predicts global catastrophe. It’s a hugely entertaining piece of theatre – packed with powerful characters; punchy dialogue; songs by Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Marina and the Diamonds, Portishead and many more; dance; burlesque; projections – all presented in an unusually immediate and exciting Amey Theatre space by a cast of thirty-four who between them play more than fifty characters. Scenes crash into one another impolitely to build a vivid picture of our lives in the 21st century.