Trafalgar Studios plans musical summer

Published May 5, 2010

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair, theatrical cabaret Confessions Of A Dancewhore, and the London premiere of lycanthropic musical Wolfboy will bring a tuneful feel to summer 2010 in the intimate Trafalgar Studio 2.

The 100-seat venue will play host to the three very different productions between 21 June and 28 August.

Michael Twaits’s theatrical cabaret Confessions Of A Dancewhore (21 June to 3 July), blends comedy, burlesque, drag, new media and music to explore the contradictions and clichés of being gay today.

Wolfboy, which follows Confessions Of A Dancewhore from 6 to 31 July, is the tale of two teenage boys; Bernie, who has attempted suicide, and David, a street hustler who may or may not have the powers of a wolf. The boy/werewolf-meets-boy story features former Hollyoaks star Paul Holowaty and Gregg Lowe, who both appeared in a version of the production staged at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

Originally created as a movie musical in 1945, State Fair follows the Frake family as they take a three day trip to the Iowa State Fair, where father Abel hopes his boar will be prize-winning, mother Melissa has similar hopes for her mincemeat and children Margy and Wayne might find love. The show’s score features the song It Might As Well Be Spring, which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1946.

Trafalgar Studios is currently playing host to two plays based on award-winning tales of real life. Clayton Littlewood’s Soho story Dirty White Boy is staged in the Trafalgar Studio 2, while Tim Conigrave’s tale of his 15-year gay love affair which started at an all-boys school in 1970s Australia, Holding The Man, is presented at the Trafalgar Studio 1.

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