The Feeling – Monsteers Artistry’s comedy musical drama portraying a tale of love, friendship and toxicity – comes to London’s Other Palace this September for a strictly limited run.
Monsteers Artistry Ltd. may have only recently celebrated its one-year anniversary but it’s already carving out a niche within the London theatre scene. It’s a unique talent agency, placing actors in the traditional way but also creating brand new shows to highlight in-house talent. The Feeling, written by Monsteers Artistry’s managing director, Kyra Jessica Willis, is one such show, touching on love and human jealousy and the dark side of behaviour.
The Monsteers brand is uniquely different. There is a hands-on approach with Willis at the helm, collaborating with writers, artists and producers from all avenues of London theatre. The driving force behind The Feeling, Willis felt that she wanted to share a slice of life with the audience, to shine a spotlight on friendship, betrayal and intimacy. It’s a cleverly crafted musical drama that interlaces comedy with those darker elements.
Willis commented: “I set up Monsteers Artistry because I wanted to make a difference in the industry by helping actors achieve progression but by also creating an inter-agency community for them. We started looking at self-produced work such as new musicals and plays as well as crafting a new spin on older productions to give actors the chance to also explore new avenues of creativity.”
The Feeling portrays six friends who are all linked to each other through a series of events. As with real life, there is often an undercurrent when it comes to human nature and this is revealed through an evocative storyline and song. The writing is honest and sincere, revealing the complexities of human behaviour as shown through a lens. There is the vibrancy and warmth of friendship, mixing it with an undercurrent of toxic behaviour blended in a way that will draw the audience into the resulting storyline.
Willis added: “I would term it a dark comedy musical drama and believe it will resonate with anyone who has endured a toxic friendship or relationship. It’s raw, it’s fun and it’s uplifting and yet, there is a definite glimpse into the uglier side of human behaviour.”
The company includes PJ Tomlinson (Kasey), Sean Erwood (Archie), Pippa Lea (Lexie), Halie Darling (Mel), Kyra Jessica Willis (Jessie), Christine Maia (Edie), George C Francis (Jamie) and Chris Barton (Holt)
The Feeling is playing at The Other Palace Studio on Monday 2 September and for two performances on Saturday 7 September.