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I went to see Side Show this week and was blown away by the high calibre of this performance, which is set in a small, unassuming venue in Elephant and Castle. This musical is based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born in England and performed on the stage in the United States in the 1920s and ’30s. This musical has a depth that is often missing in your typical West End shows.

Side Show The Musical at Southwark PlayhouseThe energy from the cast is something I’ve not experienced during a live performance in some time. Possibly this is due to the intimate venue and immersive experience of the actors performing in amongst the audience members.

Speaking to a cast member after the show, it is clear he holds very high regard for the director and is honoured to have been selected to perform in this show. It is also obvious from watching the show that the cast get along extremely well and are truly enjoying themselves.

While on the surface it’s a story about disability, the story is really about the desire for acceptance, unconditional love and accepting things for what they are, which are themes we can all relate to.

The intermission was a decent length to get a drink and sit in the cosy bar area.

The music and singing is of a calibre you would expect in a west end or Broadway show. Hearing such powerful voices in a small theatre is a joy.

I’d highly recommend going along to see this show. It runs until 3rd December 2016.

Book tickets on the Southwark Playhouse website…

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