I went to see the McQueen play at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.
After recently going to see the amazing Alexander McQueen, ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the V&A which I thought was set out fantastically with all his designs and quotes on the walls it made me want to go and find out more about his life as a fashion designer.
McQueen was a dark play which followed one night of his life with an American girl, Dahlia. She has been watching him for days from the ‘tree’ and then breaks into his home looking for a dress not knowing he’s there. They then go on a journey together across London while he is thinking of his next collection for the runway and reflecting on his life. They stop off at a tailor on Old Burlington Street where he designs her a dress and we see how McQueen thinks and comes up with his designs very quickly and shows the meaning and passion behind his thought process. We then see them in a church where Dahlia tries to commit suicide but is saved by McQueen and he helps her by making her feel alive. Then they move onto a Stratford tower block where he is thinking of suicide but is broken by the appearance of a Peregrine Falcon.
Throughout the play, we see Isabella Blow who is played by Tracey-Ann Oberman. She made McQueen who he is today giving him advice even though he treated her so badly but his reactions show how bad he felt about this.
The play had nine dancers and they linked each scene with visual imagery of what was happening. The play ended back at the basement where McQueen has an idea for his next collection.
I would recommend this play to people as we got to see an insight into his work and life as Lee/Alexander McQueen.