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The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Fitzrovia Productions – Festival Highlights)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

Jolly good! We’re in the 1940s listening to stories on the wireless! This fantastically well-produced show takes us back to the time of British propaganda and recreates everyday sounds with grapefruits, hairdryers, whiskey bottles and the like, to accompany radio dramas. The astoundingly versatile cast shift from Northern miner to bumbling child to Nazi fireman effortlessly; yet all the while, they remain stiff-postured British broadcasters. A great and detailed display is put on, creating a ceaseless tension between watching and listening; the only downside to having both aural and visual spectacles. Perfectly laced with humour that does not overpower and sponsorship ads that only intensify the realism, this show has proved itself to be an awfully-terribly-frightfully British success.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 29 Aug (not 17), 4.00pm (5.00pm), £9.00 – £11.00, fpp75.
tw rating 4/5