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Royal Academy of Music: Working (Susan Elkin reviews)

Working, performed by the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Company and Orchestra, continues at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, London until 17 June 2018.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Working is a strange show. Based on interviews by American journalist Studs Terkel with ordinary people from all walks of life, it consists of a series of unrelated monologues and songs.

Plot-less and with little in the way of cohesion it is part revue, part concert and feels oddly like a student showcase at times. In fact, I’m sure many of these numbers will soon find their way into student showcases if they haven’t already. Some of them would make useful audition pieces too.

That said, it includes some quite imaginatively choreographed (Aline David) use of ensemble to back soloists and provide visual interest.

The final number …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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