REVIEW: Janis Joplin – Full Tilt, Theatre Royal Stratford East ✭✭✭

Angie Darcy in Janis Joplin Full Tilt at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt Theatre Royal Stratford East 3 Stars Book Tickets This Edinburgh Fringe sell out is the closest thing you will get to watching Janis Joplin in concert. A hybrid of live gig and monologue, the play gives voice to both the talent and the trauma that led Janis into a life of addiction. Angie Darcy in the title role has an impressive command of Joplin’s raspy tones, the wailing, and supercharged emotional delivery that propelled her into stardom. If the acting fails to match her superb vocal range, there is still much to enjoy in this celebration of a loved music icon. Darcy embodies a sexually forthright persona, and exudes confidence as she seduces the audience through both song and speech. She is an electric Pearl (Janis’s stage alter-ego), but unfortunately, the element of performance never quite disappears. When on the recurring subject of loneliness and her … Read more

Janis Joplin:Full Tilt hits Stratford East

Janis Joplin Full Tilt at Theatre Royal Stratford East

A production that charts the rise of Janis Joplin, one of rock’s greatest female icons, opens Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2016 season on 10 February 2016. The show picked up multiple awards, and sold out its runs at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and is directed by critically acclaimed theatre actress and director, Cora Bissett. Angie Darcy won a Musical Theatre Network Award in 2014 for her performance in the title role. The play has also won Scottish Arts Club Awards and the Edinburgh Arts Guild Award for best production. Bissett, the show’s director, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be bringing Janis Joplin: Full Tilt to Theatre Royal Stratford East this February. The warmth, enthusiasm, sheer vibe and electricity of a Theatre Royal Stratford East audience is like nowhere else, and when Kerry Michael caught the Janis Joplin show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, we both knew it would … Read more

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