Ghost Quartet: Boulevard Theatre

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Ghost Quartet is exactly why I go to the theatre. Inventive storytelling, magnificent musicianship and a brilliantly natural connection to the audience.

The cast of four are captivating. Each has their own appeal, humour and charisma but I was drawn to Maimuna Memon’s exceptionally compelling performance. I’m still unsure as to whether I wanted to be her or be her new best friend.

From the moment the show began, I was drawn to the sheer number of instruments on stage. Partly, I was just jealous owing to the fact that I never have been that good at playing the marimba, and I haven’t ever even laid my hands on a harp. The cast’s ability to pick up numerous different instruments was far beyond simply impressive, it is enviable.

Music is the driving force behind the show. It is a brilliant score for both those who love that sort of jazzy cabaret sound and those who are less keen. However, it did become quite easy to get lost in the songs and the plot was somewhat difficult to follow. I didn’t feel that there was a grand culmination of the plot. There wasn’t a surprise reveal or even a spooky ending, but in the end the community and conviviality outweighed that. I couldn’t help but smile throughout.

The archaic and eerie staging was amplified by the smaller scale of the theatre. It is easy to see from the start how this performance feeds off of intimacy. It is difficult not to feel a part of proceedings – particularly if you are fortunate enough to receive one of the coveted tumblers of whiskey part of the way through.

Boulevard Theatre in Soho is an absolute gem of a building. I adore the area anyway, so the prospect of a new theatre hidden away there was all too tempting. Inside you will find the most stunning decoration that would make Wes Anderson envious. Ghost Quartet is a wonderful, memorable and perfect way to open the theatre and showcase the beauty of such a small venue in the heart of London.

Would I take my girlfriend to see this? Absolutely. Numerous times.

 

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