Theatre Review: Tipping the Velvet @ Italia Conti
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Each year the Italia Conti Ensemble form a production at the end of their second year which they then take to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year, Italia Conti’s second year students bring Laura Wade’s Tipping the Velvet; a story of sexuality, heartbreak and woman’s suffrage. We are introduced to the tale of Nancy Astley (Anna McKelvie), an oyster girl from small town Whitstable who spends here evenings at The Palace Theatre trying to gain the attention, and all important rose, from star Kitty Butler (Megan Fleet). What follows is a journey of self-discovery from tragic relationships, to the bright and seedy lights of Soho, to understanding ‘The Woman Question’. Italia Conti are the first company to bring the play to the Fringe and it’s set not to disappoint. The ensemble are slick and work with movement, live music, and storytelling to bring together a performance bursting with excitement.
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