In a time of isolation, The Queen’s Theatre aims to get us back in touch with tales of everyday lives with Misfits. The show was written by 4 different writers during the first Covid lockdown (Anne Odeke, Guleraana Mir, Kenny Emson and Sadie Hasler) and you can tell this by the wide variety of themes including; Essex boy Tag out with his mates in 1998 and Joanne attempting to become the first black woman to compete in a beauty pageant in 1908. But the tales are told in a modern style that unites the characters with the audience
Sadly due to lockdown audiences have to view this performance in a live performance published online. But the characters talk directly to the audience in a one-on-one friend style and, although it took a little more time then normal, this certainly makes you feel central to the show.
There there are many scenes that will leave you laughing and many that will touch your heart and it also helped that 2 out of the 4 characters live close to Hornchurch. This drew me even further in as it may touches in on history you’re likely to relate to if you grew up in Havering, and in turn this helped draw you into the rest of the show.
The staging is very simple and this certainly helped when it came to watching it from home, but I do warn you that my Amazon Alexa kept activating during certain scenes.
The whole night was a very character focus that really just showed that even though isolation might make the Theatre feel a bit of a misfit, it’s certainly better then being a conformist