When 12 people live under the same roof in a converted warehouse in North London, what could possibly go wrong? Joe C Brown in association with The MC Showroom presents the Melbourne premiere of The Worst Little Warehouse In London for a strictly limited season from 21 June, before appearing on the Assembly Stages at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Created by and starring Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith The Worst Little Warehouse In London is a 60-minute cabaret about two Australians looking for the perfect place to call home in one of the most populated cities in the world.
Based on a true story, the cabaret’s inspiration came about when the real-life couple were living in a converted warehouse in North London. Struggling with exorbitant rents and the city’s ongoing housing crisis, the pair lived with 10 housemates for over a year, discovering so many tales that were too good not to share.
“Almost every day something would happen in the warehouse and you would think ‘you just can’t come up with this stuff’ and eventually we decided that we had to get these characters on stage,” says Smith.
Barlow and Smith play a dozen different characters between them whilst accompanying themselves on piano. Directed by Sarah Redmond ( Songs For A New World, Tete-a-Tete Opera ) and starring every housemate you’ve ever lived with, The Worst Little Warehouse In London is a celebration of the joys of share housing and the people you meet along the way.
“We are delighted to be able to bring our little show back to our home town of Melbourne before taking it to the Assembly Stages at the world’s biggest fringe festival in Edinburgh,” says Barlow.
Lala Barlow most recently appeared as the Bearded Lady in the highly acclaimed UK Premiere of Side Show at the Southwark Playhouse. She also appeared as Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun at the New Union Theatre London. Prior to moving to the UK, Lala joined the cast of Terror Byte at Melbourne Cabaret institution Dracula’s as comedienne Androgyny. Other theatrical credits include Sheila in Hair (Victorian tour) and Tony Strut in Fret’s North Side Story as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Robbie Smith originated the role of Dick in Ewalt & Walker’s musical Bromance at the Kenton Theatre Henley which is anticipated to transfer to London in 2018. In John Godber’s On The Piste, Robbie performed the role of Tony at Studio Jack in Brockley, and also originated the role of Rudy Brown in Musical Of The Year at Stockwell Playhouse. He has played the title roles in the pantomimes Jack & The Beanstalk (Shaw Theatre London) and Beauty & The Beast (Watford Palace Theatre London).
The Worst Little Warehouse In London
The MC Showroom, 1 / 48 Clifton Street, Prahran
Season: 21 – 24 June 2018
For more information, visit: www.worstlittlewarehouse.com for details.