I was recently reminded that I am old. Cher’s Believe is 18 years old, yes Cher’s Believe is old enough to vote. I find nostalgia hits hardest not when things you remember as an adult but the stuff you remember as a child. The reminder that 18 years ago you didn’t have bills, debts and a job and the only thing you had to worry about was missing the Chart Show on Sundays.
Clubs are now full of 90s pop for old patrons who are young enough to dance but old enough to be able to afford drinks now. Swipe Right Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre’s 2 Become 1 written by and starring Natasha Granger and Kerrie Thomason takes a look at the late 1990s through its timeless pop music
Jess has just been dumped by her perfect man. Bored of her moping and weeping into her Haagen-Dazs, Jess’s friends take her out on A Big Night Out with a twist – speed dating. What better way to unbreak her heart than to meet a man a minute? With an infectious soundtrack of female pop icons of the ‘90s, and a dance routine or two along the way, crack open your Bacardi Breezers and don your best platform trainers to follow Jess, Amanda, Molly and Charlie on a wild night of meeting Mr Wrongs and MrRights in this comedy pop-musical, inspired by the music of acts such as the Spice Girls (obviously) All Saints, B*Witched, Cher, Shania Twain, Britney and Christina (with promised dance routines). The play has had successful runs in Edinburgh and comes back with new songs and new scenes. The play also stars Jessica Brady and Eliza Hewitt-Jones.
Recent theatre has seen an emergence of 90s plays, such as the NT’s revival of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed, the West End revival of NTs 1992 production An Inspector Calls, Lyric Hammersmith’s Shopping and F*cking revival by Mark Ravenhill from 1996 and an immersive Trainspotting at the Vaults Theatre, to name some productions from the last year. The 90s for many is now long ago to look back fondly and whilst some productions have dated better than others it was an important time for productions, as well as a reminder of times where there was more funding for the arts.
2 Become 1 is on from April 11th 2017 – April 29th 2017 Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm and matinees 3pm on Sundays
Running Time 60 mins
King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Ticket Price £18/£15 (Tues-Thurs & Sun), £19.50/£18/£15 (Friday and Saturday)
Buy: kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com, 0207 226 8561