JugÃ© Productions presented its pre-Edinburgh Fringe show at the Kenton Theatre last week.
Headed by performer Sophie JugÃ© and writer and musical director Gez Kahan, the piece was directed by Alexandra Karathodorou.
Muse introduces us to Jean Ross, the inspiration for Christopher Isherwood’s play
I Am a Camera and his heroine Sally Bowles. His book was then the basis for the popular musical,
Ms JugÃ© retold Jean Ross’s story of her time in the decadent club life of pre-war Berlin and London. This was interspersed with songs from that era by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and Kurt Weill — plus one or two in French and Spanish.
Her performance was slick and stylish and gave us an idea of the superficial and brittle life that struggling artists might have lived through at that time.
Ross endured uncaring men, failed relationships and an abortion, and was finally left alone with a young baby.
The set was simple, with a three-piece jazz band at the rear of the stage and a seat with a pram beside it. This enabled the story to be told to the sleeping baby as much as to the audience.
It was an unusual and interesting evening of story and song, which was well received by the Kenton audience.
Review: Mary Dickinson