Fitzrovia Radio Hour

Two plucky and resourceful gals and three authentically moustachioed chaps, the Fitzrovia Radio Show present an earnest and hilarious tribute to the Radio Golden Days of the 1940s Imperial Britain.The show is dedicated for the most part to tales from the heart of the ‘Great British Empire’: brilliantly outdated science fiction adventures such as The Man Who Was Ten Minutes Late and The Mudmen from the Thames, performed in black tie with wonderfully clipped imperial accents. It perhaps seems odd to so appreciate the costuming of a so-called ‘radio show’, but the way in which every detail was thought out in costuming, scripting and interaction was spot on. Everything they did entered into the spirit of 1940s penny dreadful perfection.With fears of science, continual lambasting of the Germans and a fair dollop of casual sexism and racism – or ‘casual imperialism’, as the group themselves so accurately call it – the show was carried off with conviction and earnestness. From the accents and costuming, to the final salute to the ‘greatest city on our globe’, accompanied by a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen, one can’t help but enjoy the undemanding spirit of the wonderfully, beautifully, imperially-melodramatic Fitzrovia Radio Hour.

Reviews by Amy Crothers

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The Blurb

Classic radio yarns, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism. Gasp at roaring tales including 'The Man Who Was Ten Minutes Late'. Sound effects created live. 'Triumph of visual comedy.' **** (Time Out)

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