In November 2016, I decided it was time to do something for me and thought joining a musical theatre group would be the way to do that.
I’ve always loved performing and singing stupid songs on stage (more on that here) and finding out a group i’d previously auditioned for (and got in, for the record… but 17 year old me was too nervous to handle) was doing one of my favourite musicals – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Rewind to August 2015; I was in a jolly terrible place and spent the majority of my time miserable – Lucy was away at Uni in London, I hadn’t even met Abbie OR Ben and Matt? That was before our time.
A lovely chap I did know was Ryan Pilkington – who is utterly incredible as a fashion guru, a JCI successor and is currently studying Graphic Design at Uni in Huddersfield (seriously, his work in INSANELY good). One evening, after being given press comp tickets from Sheffield Theatres (forever much love, guys), Ryan and I took a trip to the Lyceum Theatre to see..you guessed it…Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
I have a terrible habit of listening to musical soundtracks obsessively before seeing the shows (DO NOT ask Matt about this), but in-between moping, eating ludicrous amounts of Domino’s chicken wings (38 is my record) and spending way too long at the Toast Mag office, I just didn’t get around to it.
If you do listen to the DRS soundtrack, there’s a spoiler warning about half way through which heads up the majority of the second act ’cause SPOILER ALERT, it’s full of twists from there onwards…nothing is what it seems with this show.
Only after seeing it (and drinking copious amounts of Pimms beforehand), did the obsessive soundtrack listening begin – I went on holiday to Italy a day or two later and it played over and over and over again for the week I spent there.
You can imagine my delight when it turned out Southey were doing the South Yorkshire am-dram premier of it for their 2017 production – squee.
If you don’t know, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the musical adaption of the 1988 film with the same name, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two con artists with very different approaches to their trade, sharing the same goal of trying to con beautiful – and very ditsy – rich girl, Christine Colgate.
Originally premiering on Broadway in 2004, it came to the West End starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound a decade later and ran for just over a year – naturally, a UK tour followed.
It’s almost a parody of golden age musicals, with glamour and fabulousness in abundance and plenty of ‘classic’ numbers… It is also incredibly rude, stupidly funny and loves to poke fun at itself.
If you’re after a laugh, you should absolutely grab tickets and come and see our show on May 10th – 13th at Sheffield’s Montgomery Theatre – it’s gonna be ace.
In the meantime, we rehearse every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday – with our fabulous cast running a #TwitterTakeover each week.. Check it out for sneak peeks of what we’re up to.