Rubies in the Attic (4 stars)

Inspired and uplifting cabaret-style show

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This article is from 2012.

Rubies in the Attic

Ancestry, lineage and belonging form the basis of The Ruby Dolls’ Rubies in the Attic, an invigorating and fun piece of theatre. Comprised of music, close harmony singing, puppetry and physical theatre, this show uses each Doll’s family history to chart the triumphs and tribulations of those that came before them.

Taking in various countries, including South Africa, Russia, France and the UK, Rubies in the Attic uses props, music and song to create another time and another world; a world in which the Dolls’ ancestors make a number of decisions that will ultimately create The Ruby Dolls and their shared future.

A cabaret-inspired frolic through recent history, this show is a fun-filled and colourful exploration of sacrifice, dreams and determination. The Ruby Dolls’ close harmony singing and talent for puppetry, mime and performance reveals a mutual respect for their past, and a sense of unity that other similar cabaret-style productions often struggle to portray. An absolute joy and treat for the senses, Rubies in the Attic is a unique, inspired and altogether uplifting piece of new theatre.

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 27 Aug, 6.30pm, £12–£13 (£10–£11).

This article is from 2012.

Rubies in the Attic

  • 4 stars

The Ruby Dolls make uplifting theatre, inspired by the intimacy and variety of cabaret, bringing stories to life through close harmony song. 1898 – An Italian boards a boat for America as a Russian Jew mistakes Cable Street for Cape Town. 1928 – Isabel waits for a soldier on a horse. 1938 – Pat spies a bald man…

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