G in Craze! features a lesser-known piece of 18th century social history in which cultural wars between the ruling elite and the working classes were fought through the consumption of gin. Long before Gordon made it into a fine drink, working women revered gin for its seemingly piney properties. This muearthy, hoarse and heartwarming sique is centered on the women of Gin Lane - selling "juniper " and determined to challenge the prohibitive Gin Act of 1751 to assert their economic freedoms.
The focus is on gin vendors Mary (Aruhan Galieva) and Lydia (Paksie Vernon), the latter dressed as " Jack "to give them greater legitimacy, but their group more large includes drunks and sex workers, with each actor brilliant in their role and each character made very lovable. Their story is woven with the real figure of Henry Fielding (Alex Mugnaioni), the novelist and magistrate who, along with his half-brother John Fielding (Peter Pearson), founded the Bow Street Runners. Their sister Sarah (Rachel Winters) also appears as a button-down benefactress with a lesbian past as Queen Caroline (George II's German wife played by Debbie Chazen) shows up in satirical interludes to speak in a fantastic English and German mashup. and spout hypocrisies about the dangers of alcohol.
With a book and lyrics by April From Angelis and music and lyrics by Lucy Rivers, it's a slow-burning sati re cum genre adventure and lesbian love story, wrapped in one. He starts off hesitantly, with a few thin songs and overly simplistic lyrics, but grows up in an anarchic spirit with his bar-room insurgencies and deliciously rampant debauchery: "I felt that in my fanny flaps," says the walker and sop Moll (Chazen doubling brilliantly), after his first sip of gin.
Made by Michael Oakley, with a set designed by Hayley Grindle as a ventilated two-level scaffold structure , the show comes to life in the second part, the jokes more saucy, the atmosphere that of cabaret.
There is an underlying message about the stories unwritten working class women and it has resonances of Emilia in her new and exciting story feminism but it 's dirtier, dirtier, more drunk.
Not all ballads work but the music is tapping the feet while the vocals are uniformly loud. A song, The Problem of (Not) Have a Cock, in which Jack reveals "his" secret, sung alongside Mary and Henry's romance, is worth the ticket.