Singular Sensations is a new series of interview and performance sessions (hosted by Ed Seckerson) which takes stars of musical theatre and talks to them in-depth and about their careers. Think Parkinson but with theatre people.
Kerry Ellis was the first in this series. It was a nice informative and intimate session with some lovely performances by Kerry with just piano for accompaniment.
Over the two hours, a selection of tracks were also played which all fit in well with the conversation being had however the three minutes we all sat there listening felt awkward and I was uncomfortable for Kerry who was sat on stage the entire time, not doing or saying anything. Where do you look? What do you do? I felt the same in the audience. Should I look at the people on stage or down at my feet? A projection of images or videos may have helped to ease this tension.
All in all, Singular Sensations was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, finding out more about the world of musical theatre. I hope the series continues as it is something that doesn’t really get seen much in London and the Charing Cross Theatre is the perfect home for it. I can’t wait to see who they line up next!
Photo: Darren Bell