The Rhythm Method at The Landor
Friday 6 April 2018
London Fringe - Musicals - Shows
An extraordinary new British musical in the making - about the stuff that's difficult to talk about (sex, relationships and contraception) will be at The Landor from 14 to 18 May.
Image: The Stable
This showcase of a new contemporary musical in the making, directed by Titania Krimpas, offers the chance for audiences to get involved in its future development.
With only 7 performances scheduled at The Landor, audiences will play an important role in helping to inform and evolve the musical to the next stage of the show's life, by joining the creative team and a team of fertility experts contributing to the development of the project, for a lively discussion!
Experts joining the discussions include: Lesley Hall (retired curator at the Wellcome Trust, specialist in Family Planning history); Alana Harris (Catholic academic specialising in religion and contraception); Ann Eady (pioneering family planning nurse, coil specialist) and John Guillebaud (academic in reproductive medicine / population activist).
The Rhythm Method is a small and perfectly formed chamber musical by the writing partnership of singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gwyneth Herbert and playwright Diane Samuels.
Their first musical collaboration was The A-Z Of Mrs. P, about the pioneering Phyllis Pearsall mapping an entire city into her 1936 pocket-sized A-Z Street Guide of 23,000 streets + house numbers(!) - Southwark Playhouse (2014).
Gwyneth is currently touring Letters I Haven't Written with her band, and Diane Samuels' hauntingly moving play Kindertransport is currently on national tour.
The Rhythm Method is the headline show at the Fertility Fest 2018 at The Bush Theatre.
The show is produced by The Stable with development support from The Wellcome Trust.
Tells the emotional and physical journies of the people that meet at the Tea Room, where the brew is hot and the eggs are freshly laid - all served with love and understanding.
After all, this address sports a weathered green plaque outside, for it was once the first Marie Stopes' Mothers' Clinic founded in 1921.
And the work continues into the twenty-first century ...
As the welfare state fades and austerity kicks in, the Tea Room is a life-line for the ever-changing facts (and fictions) of life, and owner Lady Pearl Grey's precious skills as a nurse and counsellor are needed more than ever.
When grand-daughter Flick arrives and meets young scientist Sol on the brink of medical greatness, could each find their true rhythm and the best method by which to live it?
Author: Gwyneth Herbert, Diane Samuels
Director: Titania Krimpas
Production: The Stable
From: Monday 14 May 2018
Closes: Friday 18 May 2018
ActDrop full listing for The Rhythm Method
Fertility Fest 2018 - Bush Theatre