Nurtured Nostalgia

  • Date : 7th April 2017

Writer and Director Matthew Bugg  knows how to raise the bar when  it comes to getting an audience to feel patriotic  as his very witty musical Miss Nightingale plays out , The story is about the discovery of a songbird played with great bravado by a very talented Tamar  Broadbent as Maggie Brown whose stage name becomes Miss Nightingale , Think Gracie Fields meets Vera Lynn with Lisa Standfields tone and you have the epitome  of  a chanteuse that  handles the style of the period beautifully , The back story is the love between her manager, Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe  played with real flair by Nicholas Coutu-Langmead and Jurek ‘George’ Nowodny played with  great range of emotion by a very watchable Conor O’ Kane as  a Jewish Polish refugee who escaped Nazi Germany where the Berlin of isherwood allowed him to be who he was in so  in  coming to a country where it was dangerous to be an open homosexual offered a different threat.  The  original songs act as create plot devices and are basically  full of innocent smutty references that garnered the relevant chuckles . Bugg also weaves into this verve and vigour musical the fact that sexual attraction is a very powerful aphrodisiac  and manners make a man where chivalry mattered. Niall Kerrigan as Tom Fuller brings a cockney charm to his role who thinks he can blackmail Blythe by stealing a cigarette case that Blythe had given to George as inscribed in it  is a very tender message that could have disturbing consequences.
This musical is a real treat , atmospheric, staged stunningly  where the twists and turns of the plot make for a charming fable beautifully told.

4 stars  runs to 20th May, The Vaults, 7AD Leake St, London SE1 7NN  Box office 020 7401 9603


Photos: Robert Workman

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