HELP! We Are Still Alive! 2 Stars

Seven Dials Playhouse
5th Sept to 15th Oct 2022

“Jass and Finn have survived the apocalypse – but can their relationship take the strain? What do you do when the last person on earth no longer floats your boat?

From the team who brought you the smash-hit Anyone Can Whistle, Help! We Are Still Alive is a hilarious, gig-style queer, comedy musical about keeping the romance alive when everything else is dead as a doornail.It’s 28 Days Later meets When Harry Met Sally with catchy and heart-breaking songs.”

Review by Richard Lambert, 2 Stars

The songs in the show are quite lovely and the 2 members in the cast are quite wonderful. However the story doesn’t really progress or go anywhere. There’s an attempted proposal which is rejected, there’s the possibility that maybe a group of people who have left 7 beds will return in 10 days. There’s a song about a pineapple and a pet lizard but really the 90 minute show feels stuck in the opening scene.

Set on a central square block which has maps, film flyers and newspaper coverings shows the design is struggling to create anything meaningful. The lighting and sound are subtle and tasteful – a little more drama in the show might have allowed the technical to offer something more apocalyptically exciting.

It’s always going to be a strange performance when the audience is comprised of reviewers, production team and young friends. Laughing out loudly at every word uttered with a hint of comedy is not a natural audience response and although well meaning, such friends are very obtrusive. I think I’d like to see this show again with an audience who chose to be there rather than invited friends who act like they’re high on amphetamimes.

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Photo Credit: Danny Kaan

Creative Team

Director Georgie Rankcom OFFIE nominated for their blazing (The Guardian) revival of Anyone Can Whistle at Southwark Playhouse

Book Imogen Palmer Music & Lyrics Tim Gilvin

Musical Director Benjamin McQuigg Set and Costume Designer Lu HerbertLighting Designer Lucía Sánchez RoldánSound Designer Simon Arrowsmith Stage Manager Imogen Brown