WORKING Review Southwark Playhouse

WORKING Review Southwark Playhouse…

Working is a remarkable 90 minute musical that is more relevant today than when it was written nearly 40 years ago.

With a book & score from Grammy and Academy Award winning genius Stephen Schwartz, this is a musical showstopper! It has effortless meaning and heart.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce, this show has authenticity – performed by a remarkable cast that shine individually throughout.

Working tells ordinary tales of normal people living extraordinary lives….in their own humble way. It’s a charming piece of theatre currently playing at the gloriously intimate and immersive Southwark Playhouse.

It’s a deliciously compelling story of human existence – delivered with beautiful vocals, impeccable sound, simple but effective staging & lighting and stellar performances from a perfect cast.

There are stories of teachers, truckers, construction workers, air hostesses, waitresses, housewives & retired firemen. They all have one crucial thing in common – survival.

It’s moving, gritty, powerful, emotional, thought provoking and has some staggering performances from theatre & West End pros.


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Director Luke Sheppard and choreographer Fabian Aloise have made this timeless story instantly captivating and relevant for 2017 audiences.

The Live band bring to life to Schwartz’ perfect, moving & mellifluous score. What a remarkable talent who has truly mastered the art of pacing, tone, emotion and overall musical theatre brilliance.

This tunes are melodically easily as good as Wicked, Children Of Eden or Godspell with welcome and fitting additions by James Taylor and even Lin Manuel Miranda.

This show seems to embrace the issues of 2017. It touches on many social, personal and human issues. Who couldn’t be moved by it?

Peter Polycarpou offers a breath-taking performance throughout. Good lord, what a Star! His version of ‘Fathers and Sons’ steals the show with his effortless charisma and natural warmth.

He’s the epitome of a class act. You cannot take your eyes off him. His final 11 o’clock number ‘Joe’ is on par with any Nathan Lane Broadway showstopper. Genius tenacity and delivery!

Dean Chisnall gives welcome relief in the first half. His incredibly vocal brilliance and energy throughout James Taylor’s ‘Brother Trucker’ is worth the ticket price alone.

Chisnall has an ability to instantly switch and bring drama and pathos to his performance. This especially shone during the fireman scene. After recent events in London, this was emotionally devastating and incredibly moving. Glorious tone and powerful theatre.

What a voice and actor who shines in this diverse, vibrant and powerful role.

Krysten Cummings is excellent, Liam Tamne is a Star in the making and Siubhan Harrison completes the company in fine voice. Gillian Bevan brings the house down with her magnificent version of ‘It’s an Art’ about the life of a waitress.

In addition to the pro cast, there’s 6 young dancers making their professional debut. They collectively bring remarkable energy to the show. Their choreography is modern & vibrant. Their contribution is vital.

This show cannot end July 8th. I just know it will have life either on tour, in the West End or in an equally intimate and moving space. It’s a true gem.

I haven’t felt this moved, involved and engrossed in years! Bravo to all at the Southwark Playhouse.

Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 27th June 2017