It's no secret that I am a MASSIVE fan of Bugsy Malone - in fact, on introducing my Pixie to people, the first thing people of a certain age ask is "oh, like in the film Bugsy Malone?" and yes, I have to say, it was my inspiration for her name.
I grew up singing and dancing my heart out in many a stage school production and the film, directed by Alan Parker, always captivated and enthralled me. In fact, I would go as far as saying that the film inspired my love for all things glamorous and from that era! I must have watched the film in excess of 50 times, and it was one of the first films I introduced the kids to, and they, like me are utterly hooked! The boys (of course!) love the hoodlums, boxers and splurge guns and the Pixie loves the singing, dancing and the dresses! It's a smash hit all around. I have often wondered why it hadn't hit the West End/Broadway and it seems I am not the only one to wonder this..........
Future Cinema are pioneers of LIVE cinema and have taken over the beautiful Troxy theatre in the heart of the East End and transformed it into Fat Sam's Grand Slam. We were so SO lucky to be invited along and so, donned our best glad rags and hit the joint for some thrills and spills.
|"You give a little love and it all comes back to you"|
|"We're the very best at being BAD GUYS"|
|"You know what, you look like you put your face on backwards this morning"|
|"You know you're gonna be remembered, by the things you say and do"|
|"Anybody who is anybody will soon walk through that door"|
|"Plans are made here, games are played here"|
|"I like my men at my feet"|
|"You're one good lookin' broad"|
|"Keep a cool head and keep those fingers pumping, coz remember, it's history your writing"|
|"NO...MY name is Tallulah"|
This was an experience like NO other. You are actually in the film, whilst watching the film. It is such a brilliant concept and it is very hard to tell who is part of the cast and who is part of the audience. This is audience participation on another level. From the moment we arrived, we were part of the show - recruited into Dandy Dan's gang we had to smuggle in splurge to the Troxy via the Chinese laundry and sniggered as Dandy Dan himself bawled out HAW for not listening to his instructions! I was a bit miffed to be called a "dumb blonde broad" but the kids were hysterical at seeing us bawled out.
We took our seats for spaghetti and meatballs (not to mention the mocktails) and were then entertained for the next few hours. There is a weird interlude where future cinema highlight what they have coming up, which didn't really fit in with what was going on and wasn't suitable for a kids matinee (maybe save that for the end guys?!) and a clip of Harold Lloyd which was brilliantly intersected into the event.
The highlight for me was watching the film on the big screen - I have only ever seen this on the TV so it was a real thrill to watch on a cinema screen and the fact that throughout the film the actors mingle and portray what is going on is nothing short of spectacular.
Of course, the highlight for the kids was the splurge fight at the end - it was highly charged and exactly how it is in the film - everyone was up, singing and dancing and you are actively encouraged to get on the stage or fire a splurge.
It was a truly magical day out and I am already planning going back with grown up friends for an evening of entertainment as I found out that once the show is over, a DJ comes out and it turns into a club!
So if you want to book, what I consider to be one of the best day out in London, you haven't got long.
It is only running until the 29th April 2012.
Peace and Love