Theatre Review: Salad Days - Riverside Studios, Hammersmith ✭✭✭✭✭

Salad Days 
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith 

Review by Philippa Stubbs

Wednesday 13th February 2013: Summer 1954: an enchanting tale of a young couple discovering love. Timothy and Jane leave university to make their own ways in the world. A chance meeting with a tramp brings the couple together as his street piano gives everyone around them an irresistible and unstoppable urge to dance.

Photo by Roy Tan
The cast were in character right from the moment the audience entered Studio 2; clad in their graduation attire and engaging in cheerful conversation. This sets the standard of what is to come as all actors, without exception, play their roles with such detail and thought behind every word and gesture.

Principals Leo Miles and Katie Moore complement each other beautifully both vocally and play the relationship between their characters Timothy and Jane with just the right amount of frivolity. Other notable performances were the loveable mime, Troppo (Lee Boggess) and haughty Fiona (Ellie Robinson) who plays her comedic role effortlessly. 

Photo by Roy Tan
Choreographers Quinny Sacks and Lee Boggess, must be commended on their approach to the energetic dance numbers and the four piece band, including two grand pianos, play Julian Slade’s score with both enthusiasm and sensitivity towards the non-amplified singers in this large studio space.

Tête à Tête’s production of Salad Days is a real treat across all areas of its direction and performance. Not one detail of the performance has been left without careful thought and consideration and it is simply a delight to watch.

In true graduation style, hats off to all involved!

You can experience the music of Minnie the Magic Piano in Salad Days at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith until Saturday 2 March. It will certainly make you feel like dancing!

5 stars ✭✭✭✭✭

Listings Information:

Venue: Studio 2, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL

Dates:  To Saturday 2 March 2013; No performances Mondays throughout January & February

Times: Evening Performances 7.45pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.00pm; Sunday performances matinees only

Tickets:  £25; £20 concs. Under 16s, students, 60+, disabled plus companion, unemployed;
Premium £30; Premium Plus £35; In the Cafe seating £40
Box office: 020 8237 1111 /