Janis

* * * *
4 stars

I am of an age to remember the talented performer that was Janis Joplin, just. I was kinda young, but knew parts of the life story of the hedonistic singer that was taken from us at a young age, she was only 27 when she died.

Nicola Haydn plays this complex character, as a potted life story is related to a packed enthralled audience.

The piece is set in a hotel bedroom on the fateful day, as armed with booze, drugs and her guitar, Joplin waits for those who do not arrive.

The Texas girl who made good and who is still revered in some circles as on of the best, truly embraced the 60’s culture of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll and Ms Hayden certainly gets the story across with style. The accent never slipped and the direction was well put together.

It was not the easiest of hours as the subject matter was at times a little dark, as it would need to be, yet it was a very well performed piece, certainly if you can remember the late sixties.

Geoff

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