Dominic Marsh as Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Liverpool Everyman (c) Steve Tanner

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) review

Fiendishly clever… constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises’ The Stage

‘Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks… Bright, bold and timeless’ – The Guardian

‘A riot… Would I go and see this again? Like a shot.’  - The Times

‘A stunning explosion of theatrical pyrotechnics’  - The Morning Star

Dominic Marsh as Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Liverpool Everyman (c) Steve Tanner (3)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (And other love songs)
Unsure what to expect from this extravaganza which was both a musical and visual cacophony with physical theatre blended with just about every musical style and puppetry. It uncoiled slowly increasing in intensity….all starting with a dog that was shot when he bore witness to a murder. This was the trigger of an imploding immorality, poisoned pilchards, murder and election rigging all wrapped in more than enough leopard print.
Based on the beggars opera this gritty tale reflects on corruption and power and the message is more sledge hammer than subtle. With bad language and stories of womanising and contract killings, keeping track of the plot was not altogether straight forward, with the slap stick of suitcase swapping and the chase of a sociopath police officer all set against a large steel climbing frame complete with slide.
Dominic Marsh as Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Liverpool Everyman (c) Steve Tanner (2)The musical talent shone through with the jazz sounds of the brass coupled with some standout performances from Angela Hardie’s Polly Peachum and Rina Fantasia as Mrs Peachum.  The diversity and energy of the whole cast was clear throughout, supported by the puppetry of Punch and Judy and some very unusual looking babies it was clear that this theatre aimed to unsettle and challenge it’s audience.
With a battle cry that can be heard ringing in the UK today, encouraging us to rise up and make a change and challenge political corruption. It was one to ponder even after the music stopped. Well done to the cast and crew for bringing to life the richly ridiculous and yet captivating performance.

 

A New Beggar’s OperaRina Fatania as Mrs Peachum in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Liverpool Everyman (c) Steve Tanner

Written by Carl Grose

Music by Charles Hazelwood

Directed by Mike Shepherd