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Festival 46 @King's Head Theatre: Freud The Musical

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 26th Jul 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin


I need a bit of the old scratch and sniff.

This one-woman show written, performed and composed by Natasha Sutton-Williams, might be contrary to your image of what Freud would have been like. Focussing on Freud's cocaine addiction, this hysterical comedy provides Freud with a split personality - the aloof psychiatrist and Oedipussy, a half-feline character who advises and supports "Siggi" in many different ways.

The humour of the show is often crass and very dark, making fun of Freud's cocaine habit and his theories which all seem to stem from wanting to have sex with either of your parents. His focus on sexuality was probably warranted considering that he lived in an era when the word "trousers" was not to be mentioned. Yet his misogynism and fixation on penis envy and the Oedipus complex is hilariously lampooned.

Directed by Dominic McHale, Natasha Sutton-Williams delivers a veritable tour-de-force and had many members of the audience in stitches although I found some of the humour hard to take, for example the song about sticking rats up your anus which was somewhat eleviated by the original rat glove. Yet this is a matter of personal taste and should not take away from the enjoyment of the show. The score features thirteen original tunes, played with esprit by pianist Phil Blandford.

By Carolin Kopplin

Until 31st July 2016 at King's Head Theatre

Running time: 50 minutes without an interval.

Age recommendation: 12+, drug and sexual references

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 1 year ago
    Thanks, Carolin. Sounds fun ... in a dark way!
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