Torch Song – At the Turbine theatre, Battersea Power Station
A brand new venue. A classic comedy play with a big, warm heart. What a combination! Welcome to the Turbine theatre at Battersea Power Station and to Torch Song, presented by Bill Kenwright and on stage at a brand new 200 seat venue at the Power Station, under the Grosvenor Bridge railway arches at Circus West Village.
The Turbine Theatre’s inaugural season opens with Torch Song. And what a treat we have in store for you, a brand new revival of Harvey Fierstein’s madly funny, deeply touching play admirably directed by the Olivier Award winning Drew McOnie of King Kong, Strictly Ballroom, and On The Town fame.
The Torch Song Trilogy is a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein played over three acts - International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The story centres on Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish homosexual, drag queen, and torch singer and his search for true love, set in 1970s Manhattan. It's a heartbreakingly poignant portrait of love, loss, sexual identity and the painful longing for family approval, but it's also absolutely hilarious.
The cast comprises Matthew Needham as Arnold, Daisy Boulton as Laurel, Dino Fetscher as Ed and Rish Shah as Alan. Jay Lycurgo makes a stage debut as David and Bernice Stegers plays Ma. The design comes from Ryan Laight, the lighting by James Whiteside, the sound by Seb Frost, and the casting by Will Burton.
Last but not least what, exactly, is a Torch Song? Apparently it's a sentimental love song where the singer laments on lost or unrequited love, and that makes it the perfect name for this blinder of a play.
Who is this show for? Torch Song contains content that isn't suitable for a younger audience, including scenes of a sexual nature. Because of that this brilliant show is recommended for people aged 16 or more.
by John Yap | Friday, August 30 2019, 07:46
Double celebrations! The new Turbine Theatre opens with a timely “revival” of the iconic gay classic TORCH SONG. It’s by Harvey Fierstein, famed for the scripts of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES & KINKY BOOTS, amongst many other plays and musicals.Review: TORCH SONG at The Turbine Theatre