Everything functions perfectly: Horrocks roars in fine New Wave fettle; the live band don’t miss a beat. The choreography is slick, though intrusice. The stage design, with its giant plug, cleverly illustrates the idea of feeling small insignificant that permeated youth culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but also the massive power that music had in bringing people together.
But this show just doesn’t work. For something about memory, there’s very little fondness or nostalgia in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me. There’s no narrative, no contextualisation, no sense of what it was like be young at the time; the whole thing is far too clean. Where's the despair, the dizzying surges of passion, the escapism? For something with so much promise, this show feels, unfortunately, like an expensive vanity project.
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|What||If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Young Vic review|
|Where||The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
10 Mar 16 – 16 Apr 16, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £35|
|Website||Click here to book via the Young Vic|