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Diary: Twist in pain at Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran. Photo: Shutterstock Ed Sheeran. Photo: Shutterstock
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It feels like an increasing truism, in London at least, that you’re now never more than six feet away from an immersive theatre show. Call something immersive and it gets you instant cool points, right? Very few subjects seem to have escaped the clutches of being turned into something ‘immersive’.

The latest to catch Tabard’s eye is one of the more unexpected targets.

In a UK first (Tabard suspects), a Leicester-based production company has decided to bring us: Class A Team, an immersive music and theatre show dedicated to that ever so theatrical of beings, Ed Sheeran.

Now, Ed is known for his stripped back, one-man gigs, so clearly someone believed he has been missing a trick. A bloke with a guitar, on stage on his own, isn’t very showbizzy, but if Ed doesn’t want to zhoosh it up, what’s to stop someone else doing it for him?

But how is it immersive, I hear you scream

But how is it immersive, I hear you scream. (Incidentally, this is a question Tabard thinks you should ask a hell of a lot more often before making it the crux of your show’s marketing.)

But back to being immersed in Ed Sheeran. Class A Team: The Ed Sheeran Song Story will see each of the pop star’s songs performed by a tribute act and brought to life using actors (sure), dancers (still with you), visual effects (great), aerial performers (hmmm) and contortionists (no, sorry you’ve lost me).

The show’s only on for two performances though, so Tabard will have to be quick and snap up a ticket to find out how the acrobats are going to twist their bodies into a Lego House.

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