Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Radio Apocalypse


By - Wednesday 16th May, 2018

The end of the world is delivered with flair and style


Image by Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, used with permission.

Gill Manly is clearly a woman of many talents. All of them were on full display during her solo performance as a DJ in Radio Apocalypse. Croydon’s Spread Eagle Theatre, nestled above the pub of the same name, was the perfect venue for this production. The dark, intimate room with the blackout curtains holding off the last of the evening light focused your mind on the stage and on the one thing that mattered: Manly herself.

Edie Rock is the late-night host of a call-in show in which she disseminates strong opinions and chews the cud with her listeners. The show was littered with bang up-to-date news items and quirky local details to titillate the audience. But the mood became darker as events unfolded and everything around Edie began to crumble.

The production comprised of an eclectic range of media including audio recordings of callers, whose delivery was not always quite as realistic as Manly’s own superb acting. There were also video clips, a sombre mime act and one extermely evocative song that she belted out in the middle. It was a thought-provoking piece, delivered with flair.

Rekha Shane

Rekha is a book reviewer on 52goodbooks.com She also works part time for a professional body and the rest of the time for her two boys. When not writing her novel, Rekha can be found on the sofa binge-watching box sets with her husband.

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