El Greco Of Hornsey

If you’re looking for big blowouts and even bigger bouffants, why not stop by El Greco of Hornsey; a salon, a kitchen and a confessional all rolled into one. Sit back and relax as Olga travels back to the 80’s and into a busy day at her mother’s salon; where the only thing louder than the customers are the chart-topping songs on the radio.

A tale of growth, rolling with the times and cutting a new shape for your adult self

A tale of growth, rolling with the times and cutting a new shape for your adult self; Olga dances between stories of the past and her hopes for the future, with many customers visiting in between.

As the hair dryer hums, we’re taken through a busy day of peculiar patrons, annoying aunties and wannabe matchmakers - all played by Olga Thomson. From the groans of an elderly Aunt rising from her chair to the wistful sighs of a teenager dreaming of bigger things - Thomson delivers characterization with clout and confidence. Although the changes between characters felt a little haphazard - this added to the charm of the small room, filled with big voices from the past.

The salon itself is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show. A delicate balance of care and clutter; it’s filled with a mix of lovingly framed Hollywood stars, bright rollers and delicate china. It’s a warm and authentic space which immediately makes us feel right at home and ready for the Hospitality of Helen, Olga's mother.

Wonky camera work and well timed close-ups give this show a real comedy edge. A hybrid of Acorn Antiques and This is England; this production has all the attributes of an off-the-wall documentary with clever comic timing. The direction, by Katina Kangaris, added an additional layer of intimacy that might not have been achieved on stage, making this a thoughtfully transposed piece, emerging in an altogether different Fringe Festival.

El Greco of Hornsey is a charming story with a nostalgic soundtrack and plenty of soul. If you’re looking for a little piece of 80’s England, traditional Greek hospitality and plenty of heart- this is the show for you.

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who grew up watching her immigrant-Cypriot mother with broken English, work and sacrifice so much for her and her siblings, in a little hairdressing salon in North London in the 1980s. This little girl swept hair, made tea, tidied rollers and watched some very bizarre characters come in and out of her mother’s salon. When that little girl grew up she decided to write a show all about this. Welcome to El Greco, the Dynasty of Hornsey. Voice of bullies by Olivia Nicolaou. Real life customer: Sheila.

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