By Clive Burton | regular contributor to the Theatreworld Internet Magazine
"Previously premiered at the Quaker Meeting House in St Martin’s Lane, in the heart of London’s theatreland after a tour in similar South of England venues, Perfect City was presented in a costumed performance in the round.
Astutely directed by Andrew Miller, the show proved an entertaining mixture of music-theatre styles, its melodic songs carrying the story to a moving conclusion as Penn’s vision unfurled of a democratic new city in the New World where slavery would have no place and each individual could be master of his or her own fate.
Any thoughts that such a subject might be too specialised for a wider audience were soon swept away by the young cast and the uniformly excellent material that had been honed by the team over several years.
There can be little doubt that The Perfect City will go on to entertain a wider audience as the team now begins the task of raising funds to mount it elsewhere in Britain.”
Clive Burton is a former Dance Editor of Ritz magazine and a Dancing Times contributor. He has also served on the Laurence Olivier Awards dance panoi and was responsible for a UK marketing and PR support programme for Cuban superstar Jose Manuel Carreno. He currently reviews for the Theatreworld website.