Forever 27

There is a legendary club, it is said, made up of a number of celebrities who have passed away at the age of 27; it includes the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and most recently Amy Winehouse.

Taking this as the basis for a story and mixing it with one man’s fixation to join the aforementioned club, Patrick Seymour performs a one man play which not only asks the question what is the impact of dying to join these deceased greats, alongside exploring the life of Mark, who wants nothing more than to love and be loved in return.

The script can be a little clunky in places and the extended voice-overs of a telephone answering machine do linger a bit too long in blackouts. Despite this, what really makes the production shine is Seymour’s performance which, whilst being understated, is completely engrossing as he inhabits Mark completely and invests him with a wry sense of humour alongside a deep emotional side which is vulnerable to heart-break like the rest of us. He is truly watchable with his striking eyes that really make a connection with the audience.

The production, whilst having a Club 27 theme, actually looks more closely at the human psyche and how it responds to rejection. The play has a neat double switch ending which brings it to a sobering and fitting conclusion. If the show were trimmed a little, especially in those long lingering moments in the darkness, it would add a greater sense of pace which would allow the show to flow better. Technically the show has a clever use of sharp lighting changes which really add a sense of real drama to proceedings.

The show is worthy of a full house purely on the performance of Patrick Seymour who shows exactly what acting in a one-man play is all about. Truly captivating.

Reviews by Brett Herriot

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Alba - A New Scottish Musical

★★★★★
St Andrew's and St George's West, George St

Anthems - West End Showstoppers

★★★★
St Andrew's and St George's West, George St

Fringe Fantasmic!

★★★
The Assembly Rooms

Don't Tell Him Pike

★★★★★
Paradise in Augustines

Miss Saigon School Edition

★★★★

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 £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

The Blurb

Forever 27: exclusive club for the brightest stars, but to burn the brightest means burning the shortest. Can Mark reach the upper echelons of notoriety by joining Club 27? It’s harder than thought, living fast by dying young ...

Most Popular See More

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £20.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets