Introducing our Debut Duo

Geoids is excited to be bringing fresh talent to the London stage with its two leads making their debut performance at The Bridewell Theatre in The Pajama Game, (6-10 November 2018). Lois Howarth will be playing loveable employee Katherine “Babe” Williams, having recently appeared as a Shark girl in Bishopsgate’s production of West Side Story. Playing opposite her is Will de Renzy-Martin, as Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent of the Pajama factory. He is making his first musical appearance since graduating from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They talk to us about joining Geoids and getting ready to perform this hidden-gem of a show…

How much did you know about The Pajama Game beforehand?
Lois: I knew a couple of the songs but nothing else about the show, so I watched the movie and was surprised by how funny and in many ways modern it is – there are some fabulous strong female characters.
Will: I’ve loved the song Hey There for as long as I can remember, and first saw the show when it came to London with Michael Xavier and Joanna Riding. Since then I’ve always wanted to have a go at it myself!

You’re both new to Geoids! How have you found joining the company? 
Will: What a lovely group of people to step into. I was worried, having not done anything before, that I’d feel out of place – but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Lois: Yes, such a warm and welcoming bunch of people. And no divas!

What have you enjoyed about rehearsing for The Pajama Game? 
Lois: We’ve had a great time digging deeper into the relationships between the characters.
Will: I agree. Also, I’m a big fan of singing loudly about my emotions, and that’s something Sid and I have in common.

Have you done any of research away from the rehearsal room?  
Lois: I read the book on which the show is based (not exactly the same plot it transpires…) and I also got out my sewing machine recently to remind myself how they work!
Will: Last week I took a trip to a vintage shop to try to get a feel for the kind of shoes & clothes that Sid might wear, and failing to put on a pair of trousers I fell and nearly decapitated myself on a clothes rail – does that count?
Sure!

Tell us about your characters
Will: Sid is a stubborn, brooding, lone wolf with a romantic soul.
Lois: Babe is a principled activist and beloved everywoman, with a surprisingly soft centre.
No wonder sparks fly!

What have you found challenging about getting to grips with your character? 
Lois: You get to see Babe in so many roles and interacting with so many different people, so it’s been interesting trying to put those facets together.
Will: It’s pretty difficult to figure out what Sid’s thinking at points, but I’m getting there…

Which song in the show are you most looking forward to performing? 
Lois: There is such variety… for sheer gorgeousness – Hey There, for utter silliness – There Once Was a Man.
Will: They’re all great in different ways, so I couldn’t put my finger on just one!

To catch Lois and Will performing in The Pajama Game at The Bridewell Theatre 6-10 November 2018, book your seats now at ticketsource.co.uk/geoids

Pillow talk with the co-directors of The Pajama Game

Behind the fluff is a fight for what’s right!

Co-directors Grace Iglesias-Fernandez and Emma Coffey (pictured) make their directorial debut with Geoids, having earned their stripes performing in previous Geoids productions Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady and On the Twentieth Century. We chat to them about this exciting show before The Pajama Game takes to the Bridewell stage 6-10 November 2018.

How would you sum up the show?

A vibrant musical comedy that’s bursting at the seams with 1950s Americana!

Tell us more!

It’s a classic musical comedy with plenty of catchy numbers and loveable characters, but with a lot more substance than many other shows of the Golden Age! That’s because it manages to balance comedy with drama, putting at the forefront the workers’ fight for fair pay, feminist characters and a modern romance.

What is your take on The Pajama Game?

We’ve really tried to focus on bringing out the modernity of the characters. We have women who are ahead of their time and men who aren’t afraid of that, both of which are joys to work with as directors. You can almost tell that the show is based on a novel as the themes are expertly woven through the script and the songs alike.

How have you approached telling the story?

Our directing style is all about keeping the classic musical theatre vibe while making the characters feel as real as we can, particularly Babe and Sid. We want it to feel modern and classic all at once!

We wanted to keep the workers’ quest for fair pay and the revolutionary, fighting spirit at the forefront so we’ve also really tried to give our fantastic ensemble the chance to shine, creating their own individual characters to add depth to the show.

Combining the above with a healthy dose of infectious music, dancing and lots of laughter, we think we have a blend of escapism and relevant ideals that make for a great evening!

Why do you think it’s relevant to be playing now in London?

Fighting for employment rights will always be relevant. In today’s world, there are still very real issues around companies exploiting our generation’s willingness to work all hours of the day and many people living below the poverty line despite having a full-time job because wages aren’t rising fast enough to keep up with the cost of living – particularly in London. Whilst a small town in Iowa couldn’t be more different to modern London, we know that our fantastic cast will create an evening so absorbing that the packed tube commute will seem like a million miles away!

The show will also be performing on Equal Pay Day! Is that pertinent?

The struggle of worker bee vs ruling class is something that will always ring true, and particularly the feminist threads running throughout the show of women who know their own mind, who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in and who very much hold the balance of power in some surprising elements of their life, is something that we hope will appeal to a modern audience.

And what is great about this show is that we see a strong young woman fighting for the greater cause. She’s willing to put her job and wellbeing on the line for the good of her peers. We could all do with taking notes from Babe Williams!

Book your tickets now to reserve the best seats!

Sleep-tite and get your tickets for The Pajama Game!

Tickets are now on sale for The Pajama Game!

Geoids Musical Theatre is delighted to present The Pajama Game, an all-American Tony-awarding-winning musical comedy featuring songs such as Fosse classic “Steam Heat” and infectiously happy “Once a Year Day”.

The story revolves around Sleep-Tite, a small-town Pajama Factory in the 1950s, where sparks fly between new factory superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and well-loved employee Babe Williams. When the workers strike for a pay increase, it sets off a rollercoaster ride of exuberant music, dance and drama!

The Pajama Game will be performing 6-10 November (including a Saturday matinée) at the Bridewell Theatre, home of community theatre in central London and just a short walk from Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations.

Tickets are available to book through our secure online box office. We have reserved seating for this show, so we recommend booking early for the best seats!

Find out more about the show, including the full cast and crew.

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