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Staff picks // Helen Grey on 1927's Golem

Golem [1927]. Photograph by Bernhard Mueller.
Golem [1927]. Photograph by Bernhard Mueller.

Helen Grey is our Theatres Manager, she looks after all the visitors that come into the building and make sure they have the best possible experience! Her pick for this season is Golem...

1927 first came onto my radar back in 2012 when I was working as a House Manager at the National Theatre in London. Their production was one of the shows that I was looking after and I was lucky enough to watch the dress rehearsal before opening night. Part of my job was to see the performance ahead of the first night and make notes for the Front of House team. During that dress rehearsal I didn’t take the lid off my pen. I was so memorised by the performance that I forgot to write a single word. 

Golem [1927]. Photograph by Bernhard Mueller.
Golem [1927]. Photograph by Bernhard Mueller.

1927 had managed to do something that very few theatre companies are able to do. Show me something on stage that I had never seen before. I have worked in theatre for many years and seen many (many!) performances but I had never seen anything like Animals and Children Took to the Streets. It had everything you want in a theatre production; fantastic acting, amazing story and surprising sounds. It was their use of visuals however that really stole the show. 1927 have a unique style that mixes projection and live action to create something that both excites and delights in equal measure.

Golem [1927] at the Playhouse, Wed 18 Oct to Sat 21 Oct
Golem [1927] at the Playhouse, Wed 18 Oct to Sat 21 Oct

Golem promises to be no less fantastic. Telling the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him, the performance will use the same mix of visual feasts to present a show that you will never forget. It’s been five years since I saw my first 1927 production and I am overly excited that it’s only a few days until my second. I hope to see some of you there.  I’ll be the one on the front row forgetting to write my notes…

Golem [1927] at the Playhouse, Wed 18 Oct to Sat 21 Oct
Golem [1927] at the Playhouse, Wed 18 Oct to Sat 21 Oct

Golem is at the Playhouse, Wed 18 Oct to Sat 21 Oct 2017

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