The first production in Hoxton Hall’s all-female spring season, Female Parts, is Lil Warren’s Oranges and Elephants, a musical that centres on two rival female gangs in Victorian London.
Karena Johnson, artistic director at the historic London venue, says that the show will blend music hall, fairground and musical theatre storytelling. It will be directed by Susie McKenna with music by Jo Collins and book and lyrics by Warren.
The production stars a cast of actor-musicians: Kate Adams, Rebecca Bainbridge, Susannah van den Berg, Rosalind Ford, Liz Kitchen, Natasha Lewis, Sinead Long, Kate Marlais, Christina Tedders and Sarah J Warren.
The narrative follows Mary’s arrival in London and her introduction to gang life. How will she make her life expectancy of twenty-five when the two gangs are after owning her?
Mary wants to be a Music Hall star. Nellie of The Elephants falls in love with Mary and they try to escape from thievery to the bright lights of Piccadilly. Are the gangs going to allow that to play out?
This is a story of how important your wits are to survive if you are a poor woman in Victorian London.
How you play the fame game set against a backdrop of a West End pickpocket turf war and an enormous divide between the rich and poor. “Same ol gravy, different flavour.”
Lil Warren is from the East End and has been creating for live performance in London and beyond for over twenty years – Including surviving as a stand up in Glasgow.
Her credits include Nine Lives, Ten Tales, Blackout (Soho Theatre), Lost Souls and Lunatics, Strange The Road (The Hope Theatre) and a promenade production of The Changeling.
She is currently working on a new play about the Miss World Competition and in post-production of the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Strange The Road directed by her brother, James Warren.
Sinead Long’s theatre credits include Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Peter Pan (Gordon Craig Theatre), Bad Girls (Union Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (UK tour) and Legally Blonde (UK tour).
Christina Tedders’ theatre credits include Once the Musical (Phoenix Theatre), A Little Night Music (The Watermill Theatre), The Commitments (UK tour), Calamity Jane (The Watermill Theatre, UK tour) and Putting It Together (Belfast Lyric Theatre).
Oranges and Elephants plays at Hoxton Hall from January 23 to February 10.
For more information about the rest of the Female Parts Season click HERE