LIFE proved a cabaret for acting students from Stratford College.
They took created and performed Cavern of Curiosity, a show which featured range of performance segments, at Stratford Playhouse.
It was their final production and was inspired by Claire Dowie, an award-winning writer and performer who, after working as a stand up on the cabaret circuit in the 1980s, started writing plays and inventing her own genre – stand up theatre.
The show, led by Myron Byfield as compere Quinn Kai, featured comedy, dance, physical theatre, mime, drag and song.
Comedy included a drag routine performed by Ryan McCloud, supported by drag kings Mai Worth and Chloe Tucky, while the college’s own David Attenborough, Jenson Greenwood, treated audience members to a sketch about the fertilisation of an egg.
There was a cowboy duet from Sammy Lees and Dylan Allsopp Judd, mime at a mic from Niamh Ray and a running joke where a tequila bottle was continually chased off by the ensemble.
But the performance did not just just rely on comedy. Throughout the show, monologues were performed where actors showcased stories relating to relationships and gender identity. Millie MacDonald, Alicia Smith, Kenzie Parsons, Lewis Warrall, Jasmine Faulkner and Chloe Tucky all delivered pieces.
To mix up the energy, the show was interspersed with physical sequences, including a high energy dance routine by Ella Hampson and Sean Andrews.