The Passion of Lady Vendredi at Soho Theatre April 2016
★★★★★ 'Gloriously out-there cabaret-meets-gig-meets-theatre-experience.' Time Out
"Forget everything you know about what a performance 'should' look like, or sound like, or even feel like. Leave your preconceptions about music theatre at the door. Because you are about to enter Lady Vendredi's futuristic, bizarre, psychedelic and sexy mystical world creatively directed by visionary Jonathan Grieve."
Imagine an experience - turbulent yet seductive. Surrounded by sound and bathed in love...Cult music icon Lady Vendredi is a mythopoetic super heroine and vodou priestess popstar from another dimension. With an international cast and her band The Vendettas, join her on a time travelling uninhibited mythic journey and quest for revenge. This viciously beautiful and exuberant immersive music theatre production lets you gaze into the open wound of the world, where a live original soundtrack of pulsating synthetic rhythms and dirty bass drive the tensions between freedom and control, personal gods and demons, censorship and intimacy. Leave your ideologies at the door and enter an all- encompassing and experiential world of palpable sensuality, staggering insight and intriguing myth-making.
Featuring tracks from the new Lady Vendredi EP, which received support from Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music) '‘Fresh, raw and totally unique ’and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music).
★★★★★ Gloriously out-there cabaret-meets-gig-meets-theatre-experience Time Out
Provocative, occasionally even offensive, but never unimaginative… Do consider a trip to Planet Vendredi ★★★★ LondonTheatre
What appeared to be a wild ride down the rabbit hole of unconventionalism , challenging perception, sexuality and normality, the flamboyant play even forced critics to unravel their typical train of thoughts on reviews, as many couldn’t place the performance in one specific category. The cult-like visuals if anything, depicted Lady Vendredi in full-on optimal status, spreading her creative wings as far as she could to soar. Colorising
Forget everything you know about what a performance ‘should’ look like, or sound like, or even feel like. Leave your preconceptions about music theatre at the door. Because you are about to enter Lady Vendredi’s futuristic, bizarre, psychedelic and sexy mystical world creatively directed by visionary Jonathan Grieve.
Overall the show is a wonderful mix of a fresh concept, brave show and outstanding performers. And don’t even let me start on those vocals – pure fierce. The whole show is a non-stop hyper-energetic journey; it makes you think the whole cast must be aliens with a secret source of never-ending power.
There is only so much I can ruin for you – just go, go and go, and get ready to be blown away by hypnotic voodoo and an amazing rhythm that will stay with you for the days to follow. A Younger Theatre
Courageous, funny, exciting and relentless. Both Sides Now Magazine
Fresh, raw and totally unique. Gilles Peterson
…great music, a truly innovative fusion; a fabulous team of supporting performers and musicians; a way of using the vodou material that works outside of its religious/ritual origins; and the praiseworthy intention of finding interesting, humorous and courageous ways to explore questions of race, gender and cultural identity. Most of all, what’s here is the passion. Everything’s ripe for the taking – go get, Lady Vendredi.
Lady Vendredi Battle Cry! 2015
To develop the show at Soho theatre we did a series of workshops, performances, gigs and showcases The Apiary, Hackney, South Bank Centre, Africa Utopia the Roundhouse, Camden and a PRSF showcase at The Forge in Camden.
Video of Lady Vendredi: Battle Cry! at The Apiary, Bethnal Green, London. Workshop to performance.
Lady Vendredi: baadass blood quest! Lime Wharf and Latitude Festival 2013-14
In the early stages of developing The Passion of Lady Vendredi we did a residency at Lime Wharf in Bethnal Green in 2013, working with accomplished street dancers and musicians. In 2014 we re-worked the material and worked with young artists to develop a performance for Latitude Festival under the curation of Curious Invitation.
Lady Vendredi the early days 2012
The first thing we did was to make a music video for Beat Freak. We then got funded by 30NigeriaHouse at Theatre Royal Stratford, London funded by the Nigeria 2012 Olympics. We started gigging in London and got picked up by producers in Italy and performed in Rome and other Italian cities!
Directed by Jonathan Grieve Produced by Nwando Ebizie and Linzy Attenborough