Roll up for a Joan Jamboree!

Murray Melvin, Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield

Join us on Sunday 4th October, 5pm, on the beautiful main stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford East for an evening of music, magic, monologue and mime inspired by the spirit of revolutionary theatre director Joan Littlewood.

Our heady “montage of attractions” includes the mime fabulism of performance phenomenon Dickie Beau, the political (dis)enchantment of Socialist magician Ian Saville, and the fiercely brilliant spoken word of Rhythm of Men, in an evening hosted by stars of stage and screen Wendi Peters and Marcus Ellard.

AND brought to life on stage for the very first time: original songs from “The Palace That Joan Built” – my Art on the Underground commissioned project, made in collaboration with the brilliantly spicy-brained artist Mel Brimfield – that’s on show at Stratford Underground station until 2016. Performed by me and me brilliant band, plus the Upbeat Community Choir and the mighty East London Brass, the music celebrates the life, works and legacy of the pioneering theatre director with influences from Hanns Eisler to the Small Faces, old honky-tonk music hall to northern brass band anthems, West End show stoppers to 1950s folk ballads…

This is a knees-up not to be missed!

For tickets and more info, see the Theatre Royal Stratford East website.

Photo: Me, Mel and legendary actor Murray Melvin at The Palace That Joan Built, Mel Brimfield & Gwyneth Herbert, Launch Event at Stratford station, October 2014 Photograph: Benedict Johnson

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