Wednesday, October 06, 2021
The Midnight Bell @ Sadler’s Wells Theatre...
Exploring the seedy under-belly of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia, The Midnight Bell is a dark, fluid and compelling show. The wonderful use of music from the period and the amazing dancers make it all look so effortless.
The Midnight Bell is based on the novels of Patrick Hamilton, author of Hangover Square and 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, as well as the plays Rope and Gas Light (which both famously became films). Disfigured in a car accident, Hamilton spend years drinking in Soho pubs and obsessed with a young sex worker, a storyline mirrored in the book that gave Bourne’s show its title. His books tell stories borne out of years of social interactions with the working man and woman at his favourite location - the London Pub.
Ten dancers. Five couples. All looking for love. "The relationships don’t all turn out well but it’s a world that’s believable," says Bourne. Regret, fumbling, and a hint of mystery. We loved it.