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Alex Young centre as Mayor Cora Hoover Hooper (Photo: Danny with a Camera)

REVIEW: Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse (2022)

Anyone Can Whistle: A Bonkers Sondheim!  "What's natural comes hardMaybe you could show meHow to let goLower my guardLearn to be freeMaybe if you whistle,Whistle for me"Lyric from "Anyone Can…

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Alistair Brookshaw as Leo Frank - Photo: Annabel Vere

REVIEW: Parade, Southwark Playhouse (2011)

What is amazing about Parade is that Alfred Uhry, the author of the book of the musical, is the great nephew of the man who owned the pencil factory that Leo Frank (Alastair Brookshaw) managed in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a part of Uhry's family history and maybe why the case has the ability to capture the imagination of its audience today. It is a story of a man who, out of his usual environment, and in a marriage that was far from ideal, found himself a victim not only of Anti-Semitism but also of the North South divide 50 years after the Civil war had set American against American. People continue to argue today about the rights and wrongs of the case against Leo Frank.

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