Raining Again at London's Pleasance Mixes Sunset Boulevard with Judy Garland

News   Raining Again at London's Pleasance Mixes Sunset Boulevard with Judy Garland The Pleasance Theatre may be having problems at the moment — industry newspaper The Stage recently had a front page story on the redundancies there — but its studio space is currently hosting an exciting young dance company, Retrograde.

In Raining Again two young dancers, Chris Dennis (who also choreographs) and Dane Quixall, appear on a stage dressed as Norma Desmond. To a soundtrack that mixes dialogue from the movie and the musical of Sunset Boulevard, Judy Garland concerts, fifties cinema and — incongruously — the theme music from "Dallas," the pair mime then dance for 40 minutes.

Raining Again is both a tribute to fifties showbiz and the story of a love affair that goes wrong. Its presence in a theatre studio space is further evidence of the blurring of barriers between dance and theatre — a blurring made the more pointed by the inclusion of live opera and other songs, sung by a soprano and a counter tenor at the side of the stage.

Raining Again is only on this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 5 PM. Box office number is 020 7609 1800.