The Passion of Lady Vendredi by NitroBEAT - review
Soho Theatre

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:05 PM | Review by: Lloyd Lewis-Hayter |
The Passion of Lady Vendredi The Passion of Lady Vendredi

Passion of Lady Vendredi is an eccentric and immersive live experience of Lady Vendredi’s new EP of the same name.

The Passion of Lady Vendredi (see listing) isn’t something you can easily describe. The promo tells you to ‘Imagine Grace Jones in a Grindhouse film directed by Robert Rodriguz’ or ‘in a live futuristic blaxploitation movie where she has nothing to lose but her soul’.


Throw in a bit of Alejandro Jodorowsky and you’re almost there, but you won’t ever understand it unless you see and feel it for yourself.


Even then, understand may not be the right word. Entering the basement of Soho Theatre we’re instantly thrown into a different dimension.


With music, lighting and dancing coming at us from all angles, there’s constantly something new to take in as we struggle to choose where to focus our attention. Brought to you by nitroBEAT who have been resident company at Soho Theatre for a year alongside Mas Productions, the experimental theatre company born from the show’s award winning director Jonathan Grieve and leading lady Nwando Ebizie, The Passion of Lady Vendredi is an eccentric and immersive live experience of Lady Vendredi’s new EP of the same name.


The Passion of Lady Vendredi The Passion of Lady Vendredi

This isn’t big budget, this is big balls. Big, crazy, unconventional, brilliant balls.

Dirty Chicken is the first track we’re hit with as we nibble on popcorn offered to us from cast members donning curious costumes. A keyboard player, two drummers and trumpeter make up The Vendettas who help to take us on a journey through the rest of the EP as we continue to move around the room. We partner up with strangers, get our faces painted by Lady Vendredi herself and help her transform into a new figure.


One by one we lose our sense of the awkwardness of it all and we’re touching, tasting, laughing, listening and dancing together. Successfully pulling together an audience of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to interactively explore sexuality, race and gender is no easy feat especially with limited materials. This isn’t big budget, this is big balls. Big, crazy, unconventional, brilliant balls.



Info: The Passion of Lady Vendredi is at Soho Theatre until 30 April 2016 / See listing




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