Madame Everleigh’s Love Emporium

Reviewed by Chloe French

A thoroughly enjoyable show, suitably creepy yet clever and, at times, hilarious; the story follows sisters Eva and Ada as they are instructed in all things macabre by their father Dr Everleigh a “doctor of depravity” operating in Victorian London.

The girls, played by Laura Rugg (Ada) and Jade Allen (Eva), switched seamlessly between madness and innocent ignorance of their twisted actions. Both actors displayed their talent for compelling storytelling through movement, song and ingenious rhyming dialogue; with Mr … (doc) providing excellent support as the deluded Doctor, injured Mr Rider and deranged Jack Thurrerper (speak it aloud!)

The clever use of lighting in a small performance space drew the audience’s eye to the action and wonderfully emphasised the characters’ descent into madness, as did the brilliant original score deftly performed by the two singers/actors and 2 guitarists ramping up the atmosphere and providing comic asides that had the large, appreciative audiences howling.

Overall, a brilliantly portrayed and very well-received tale of Victorian delusion and debauchery from the aptly named Raven Theatre Company.

Was on 2nd – 4th August at the Camden Head

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