Cult show at docklands music hall relives golden age of wireless entertainment
PUBLISHED: 11:36 05 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:36 05 June 2014
The nostalgia of Wilton's Music Hall is lending itself to a critically acclaimed performance for one night only this Saturday.
A mix of costume, props and drama, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour is inspired by the golden age of 1940s radio and its exciting, often ridiculous stories in a fond satire.
Audiences will see what a commercial radio set up from the period will have looked like, getting closer than ever to life behind the scenes.
Created in 2008, co-writer and actor Tom Mallaburn explained that the show had grown organically from word of mouth to achieve what is an almost cult status today.
He said: “Right from the start you could see it was something special and an event worth going to. News spread organically.
“In the first few months the shows were mainly American radio scripts, which were a lot more silly and crazy and interesting.”
The team then began to write its own material inspired by the shock factor and comic elements of radio or the era.
In this performance audiences can expect tales of a queen haunting the British Museum, an RAF pilot’s Nazi doppelganger and a maverick miner’s adventures in Cornwall.
Tom said the behind the scenes element was a major aspect of the show for audiences.
He said: “It is the fact you see something that you are not meant to see that I think is the secret to its popularity.
“You get to imagine what the audio listener might have heard but you are also seeing something else – these smartly dressed people having to do their own sound effects, mixing a toilet plunger into a bowl to mimic water, it has become much more of a visual show.”
Tom added: “I’ve never been involved in something that I am so confident in saying people will enjoy. It is silly and crazy but also light and in its own way clever – you may not have seen something quite like it.”
The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked from Wilton’s box office on 020 7702 2789.