In the gorgeous setting of The Warren, Ria, Hannah and Kristy (The Gramophones) took the audience on a journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The story-telling was light-hearted with fun references to Back To The Future (my favourite film of all time) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (a soundtrack I confess to having in my car). As a result, it felt like an evening spent catching up with old friends. The story did touch on deeper layers: despondency, family values, what it means to be British, and that, however much of the world you see, it’s the ones you share it with that make it an unforgettable experience. You could think into this as much as you wanted, as on the outside, the story was a simple one (although never dull). What I found more effective than the story was the use of light, props and space. The sound was perfect throughout in this setting, and The Gramophones interact with the audience beyond the show through their website’s ‘journey map’ and good old fashioned postcards. A trip worth taking.
The Warren, 2 May 2013