Sugar Baby is in rehearsals, with Katie Haigh directing Holly-Rose Clegg, and tickets are now on sale for the show on June 4 and 5 before we go to the Edinburgh Fringe! We're hugely excited about the preview at the Drayton Arms. We hadn't realised until now that a fridge plays such a central role in this topical satire about sugars, addiction and a food giant gone rogue. The contents of a fridge really reveal a lot about a character. in the show, Mimi, a young vegan activist, obviously keeps her kale, carrot and beetroot supplies there. Her mother, Susie, a busy marketing executive, keeps a chilled bottle of Chardonnay ready for when she returns from work. But there's something else in the fridge that will change both their lives. Come along if you want to find out what it is! We look forward to seeing you in June. We're coming all the way from Paris to perform for you, so it's not so far for you to come and give us your feedback...
*confession, I’ve never written a blog before but now seems as good a time as any to give it a whirl and share some of the exciting/terrifying roller coaster process that is putting on my first solo show! Nearly 2 years ago, I sat with my best friend at her piano and sang the Judy and Babs Happy Days/Get Happy duet. It wasn’t a project, it wasn’t even a rehearsal, it was two friends singing because we loved it and were excited to have found the music. Both of us had dipped our toes in cabaret but it wasn’t until many coffee dates later that it became The Diva List. I’ve loved what we’ve worked on together and I’m looking forward to many more exciting projects together that are written on post it notes, or on the back of sheet music and the ideas we haven’t even had yet. I’d done a few showcases and guest spots but it was my first experience of the whole process, being both producer and performer and it certainly got me thinking. I made a big decision that the cabaret scene was where I really wanted to be. I’ve always loved musical theatre and spent plenty of time chasing the drama school dream, but I realised that there’s something special about the cabaret world that my heart was longing to settle into, my head just took a while to catch up! Of course I still have some unfinished business with the West End shows I’d dreamed of being a part of, but they’re not going anywhere and we’ll come to that in the show in any case. One of my favourite things about cabaret is that you can highlight the work that doesn’t always get seen, there are countless amazing musicals out there that don’t get produced or don’t get the limelight they deserve for a whole multitude of reasons (though, usually its money!) AND with a bit of repertoire juggling you can take a whistle-stop tour of them in one night! I’ve managed to get myself a bit of a reputation for finding obscure musicals to sing from, or choosing the wildcard of a lesser known song by a super-famous composer, and I certainly wouldn’t knock being known for that. Of course, that’s not to say I don’t love a greatest hits album as much as the next person or that I don’t sing Disney songs every day in the shower! In fact, the whole equally exciting and frustrating process of programming the show is another highlight for me. Many an afternoon has been spent writing song titles on post it notes and arranging them on my bedroom wall into little cabaret chapters, figuring out links and then the agonising part where I try to figure out if those links make sense or if they only make sense in my head! Right now, I’m though that part, I’m about to start rehearsals with the fabulous Nicki Williamson and I couldn’t be more excited to share it all with you!
MKEC are back in business. We are thrilled to be back at The Drayton Arms Theatre for 2017 with not one show, oh no, not two shows, OH NO, but THREE shows! We will be announcing these productions and dates very soon. Today was the first (of many I'm sure) meetings with the team at the Theatre which involved confirming all the dates but more importantly, getting ourselves set up on their new fancy schmancy website. These kind of meetings are always made better by the fact that they take place in the bar of The Drayton Arms. Whats not to love!? Anyway, lots to be done for our upcoming shows so why not keep yourself "in the know" and make sure you follow along with this blog! Write soon Liz & Marc
We've been super busy here at the Drayton Arms Theatre over the past couple of weeks. Since launching our Sunday and Monday January sale we have been inundated with companies looking to stage productions with us. As a result we have decided that our Sunday and Monday slots will remain £Free for companies to use indefinitely with the hope that we can really help some smaller production companies to stage works that simply would not have been seen otherwise.
Tickets now on sale
Tickets went on sale this week for Superhero, Orbits, Twelfth Night, Richard II and Luck of the Draw (!!), tickets will be on sale later tonight (Saturday 14th January) for Judith Veritas production of Seven Petticoats being staged here next weekend.
We'll be releasing details of MKEC productions first musical evening of 2017 happening early February and we have a few more shows to follow this week.
Also coming in February are Mac & Eden with 'The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman', Art FabriC and No Pictures Please Productions - we'll have more details about all of these on our site over the next week.
The fabulous Exchange Theatre return with their annual Bastille festival for a massive FIVE WEEKS this year, details to follow.
Lauren Shield from the Diva List will be performing in early March.
We have lots more in the pipeline, do keep checking back for more details