A sweet soundtrack of ’60s soul classics provides the backing for The Flannelettes at Islington’s King’s Head theatre, opening next week.
The venue’s 45th birthday celebrations kick off with Richard Cameron’s funny and hard-hitting portrait of a Yorkshire mining village on the slide.
Directed by Mike Bradwell, returning to The King’s Head with his first production there since 1978, The Flannelettes takes place in a women’s refuge in a small mining community devastated by the decline of the industry.
‘Special’ Delie is spending her summer holidays with her Aunty Brenda who runs the refuge, and keen to reform The Flannelettes, their Motown tribute act they have formed with George the pawnbroker who moonlights in drag.
Delie is in her early twenties, with a mental age of ten and the voice of a soul diva.
Brenda wants escape from the brutal realities of daily life helping the long term victims of the devastated community around her. Roma wants to build her dream home and forget her life on the streets of Rotherham. New arrival Jean would love to go to her stepdaughter’s wedding. Community Copper Jim just wants Brenda.
The play takes an uncompromising look at love and violence in a shattered community, with The Flannelettes providing a bittersweet soundtrack of sixties soul.
The great cast includes Olivier-winning Suzan Sylvester as Brenda, James Hornsby (The Glee Club, West End) and newcomers Holly Campbell as Roma and Emma Hook as Delie.