I’ve been spending a lot of time at Storyhouse recently – and quite simply, I can’t get enough of it. I hold most of my weekly meetings in The Kitchen. I love the space and the smiley staff and I love the oat milk cappuccino, so much so that I have now found myself arriving 20 minutes early before my meetings start, just so I can sit quietly and soak up the creative atmosphere all on my own.
There’s always something going on and the staff have always got something nice to say. The Lebanese food is so tasty and the brunch menu is spot on. And considering its only 2 years old, I don’t know what I did before Storyhouse …
We have seen quite a few of the theatre shows over the last couple of years – all of which have been excellent. We saw Evita (which had me listening to the soundtrack on Spotify for months afterwards), comedians Sean Lock and Adam Hills, as well as super-rude puppet show Avenue Q (we still have great fun listening to the naughty soundtrack when we get in late from the pub), and both Christmas shows Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. All have been my favourite! And now I have a new favourite – Little Shop of Horrors. I remember seeing this cult classic movie many years ago – I’m a sucker for anything 50’s style technicolor retro – and this show over-delivered with a gloriously camp set and wonderfully silly sci-fi story line.
But it actually delivers a lot more than that – with a sub message that human kind is the greediest and most devouring species of them all. The fact that this super-serious concept is delivered with a huge dose of humour and bags full of charm and wit, makes this – for me – the best show yet.
Little Shop of Horrors is a Storyhouse production – and like everything else they deliver, the superb quality is there for all to see. I loved the Skid Row set designed by über-talented Jess Curtis, and how brilliantly clever the evolution of Audrey 11 was – from baby sapling to ferocious man-eating monster – it was genius! I also loved how the thrust stage worked to make such a massive, famous show feel so intimate – like it had been put on just for us.
When I read the interview with choreographer and director Stephen Mear, I realised that this was the guy I had passed at Storyhouse so many times during the week – and if I saw him now I’d give him a big hug and say thank you. I fell in love with all of the characters – especially Orin (played beautifully by Stephane Anelli) who had everyone grinning from ear to ear. I also adored Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal who sewed the whole story together with a proper dose of musical morality.
Little Shop of Horrors is out of this world. Literally! Its gorgeous – the music is phenomenal, the set design and automation of Audrey 11 is genius, the quality of the acting and choreography incredible – and the humour is beyond entertaining.
This show is on til 2nd June – don’t let it finish without seeing it.