The Stage reviews 7 Deadly Sins
The three-piece band that is The Tiger Lillies has devolped a huge following over the years, by marrying the shock tactics of punk with all the ingredients of traditional cabaret
7 Deadly Sins
Published Friday 11 April 2008 at 13:00 by Paul Vale
The three-piece band that is The Tiger Lillies has devolped a huge following over the years, by marrying the shock tactics of punk with all the ingredients of traditional cabaret. For their run at the New Players the performers have taken the theme of the seven deadly sins, offering their own unique interpretation in song and music. Accompanying them on this venture are puppeteer performance artist Nathan Evans and burlesque beauty Ophelia Bitz. Evans provides the closest thing to a traditional dramatic thrust with his Punch and Jude stand - two dysfunctional puppets entering into a destructive relationship ending in murder and damnation, which actually doesn?t stray too far from the original source work.
The focus here, however, is the music and lyrics provided by the band. Led by Martyn Jacques? unique screeching falsetto, we are offered such delights as Baby?s Dead, Lust and Knock You About, counterpointed with gentler numbers such as Heart of Doves. Adrian Huge on drums beats the rhythm to each startling number and Adrian Stout blends in a sombre bass. Between them they create a strictly controlled mayhem of sound and verse that is thoroughly uncompromising. The backdrop of Hieronymus Bosch?s The Last Judgement, the inspiration for this current show, perfectly compliments the antics on stage, whilst Bitz?s distaff interruptions help to lighten the mood a little.
Those of a delicate nature might do well to avoid this form of cabaret. The Tiger Lillies know no fear in their lyrics and have discovered an audience ready and willing to accept them.
Management: Soho Theatre and Tim Whitehead
Cast: Martyn Jaques, Adrian Stout, Adrian Huge, Nathan Evans, Ophelia Bitz
Design: Lukas Maximillian Huller