Stowaways ain’t misbehaving in Twenties cabaret showboat
IF five musicians found themselves stowed away in the belly of an ocean liner there’s a fair bet they would start making music together.
And in a new show opening at the Watermill Theatre at the end of January, that’s exactly what they do.
The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is a cabaret show featuring music of the Twenties and Thirties, compiled by composer and actor Simon Slater.
He said: “It’s set in 1931 on a Cunard liner, the SS Fortuna, as it makes its way from Southampton to New York and it’s full of my favourite songs from artists like Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I was brought up on swing music and guys like Benny Goodman and Fats Waller are great heroes of mine.
“You can’t replicate what they did of course, but I love that music for its energy and sense of fun.”