Divas

Their choreography is slick and laden with all the elegance of the original divas they're representing

Divas charts the relationship of two men from first meeting to last parting. Following the structure of Jason Robert Brown's Last Five Years, we see Damien and Adam tell their own story but in opposite directions, one starting at the beginning of their relationship and one at the end. It is intelligent, driven and passionate storytelling.

The "divas" referred to are the common tie between the two men: their passion for the music of Dusty Springfield, The Ronnettes and The Supremes. In this production, these divas are personified by three glamorous singers, continually present onstage in beehives and sequined dresses with thigh-high splits. They provide an a capella accompaniment to the piece, while also voicing other characters. Their choreography is slick and laden with all the elegance of the original divas they're representing, while their integration into the piece works very well. As the drama heightens in the men's narratives, I really wanted the music to match that energy level, which the unaccompanied voices weren’t able to, although a beautiful rendition of Be My Baby towards the end was a poignant moment where the softness worked. There are a few pitching issues which taint an otherwise lovely effect.

Joel Samuels and Daniel Ward are strong and committed as Adam and Damien. They talk directly to us, without pretence or distraction, and that level of direct address is very affecting. There is plenty of humour throughout the play and Samuels in particular brings a dry sass to Adam's bitterness.

The writing is clever and quick, becoming a fiery, dynamic debate. However, towards the end of the show, their ideas become so conflicted and contradictory that it becomes very difficult to follow. As we left, I was not the only audience member confused by the breakdown of sense.

One of the most satisfying aspects of the piece is that, although it is about a romantic relationship between two men, it is in no way a comment on homosexuality. The irrelevance of their gender on the piece and the lack of a need to make a statement about it feel really refreshing.

Reviews by Cara Ballingall

C venues - C nova

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Free for All

★★★
Greenside @ Infirmary Street

If Only Diana Were Queer

★★
C venues - C nova

Two Thirds

★★★
Underbelly, Cowgate

Much Further Out Than You Thought

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Damien and Adam are in love. With The Supremes, The Ronnettes, Dolly Parton and Cher. They. Love. Divas. Fine Mess present the world premiere of their tragicomic love story. A pin-sharp examination of how we perceive relationships, and accompanied by a live a cappella trio, Divas is a journey through two sides of an uplifting yet heartbreaking love story. Praise for Fine Mess’ previous shows: 'They've earned a spot right at the top of my list of must-sees' **** (FringeGuru.com), ***** (EdFringeReview.com), **** (BroadwayBaby.com), **** (ThreeWeeks), **** (AYoungerTheatre.com).

Most Popular See More

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Anything Goes

From £42.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets