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April 15th - Toulouse Lautrec
8:30PM

'When I'm good I'm very good. But when I'm bad... I'm better'.

"...a really loving rendition of the life of this multi-talented thespian."
- LondonTheatre1
★★★★

A sex-symbol, writer and comedienne whose career that spanned sixty-nine years Mae West was a force to be reckoned with both on the dark stages of Vaudville to the the bright lights of the silver screen. She has a lot to talk about - and you are just lucky enough to catch a glimpse on the entrepreneur that was far from demur. 

'Better Than Sex: The Story of Mae West’ is a one-woman tantalising and timeless cabaret reflecting on the infamous 1930’s sex-symbol, Mae West. Through this icon we hear the tale that led to the rise and fall of her scandalous career, including live performances of the songs she made famous including “A Guy What Takes His Time” and “I’m No Angel”. Written and directed by Emily Hutt, and starring Bella Bevan as Mae West herself. This is a cabaret to entertain but also to tell an important story of a woman who didn’t let the social constructs of her time stop her from having the career and leading the life she wanted, therefore being a source of inspiration still to women of today.

Bella Bevan

as 'Mae West'

Bella is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where she completed a degree in musical theatre from Federation University performing in show such as Cabaret in the Spiegeltent (Helga & Fraulein Kost U/S), When Midnight Strikes (Zoe), 42nd St (Chorus), Brigadoon (Meg), as well as studying classical voice and violin. There she also performed her self devised Cabaret 'No Walls' at Ballarat's Post-Box Theatre, and Melbourn's Butterfly Club. In London Bella has performed in ‘A Temporarily Misplaced Cabaret’ at The Battersea Barge and in the Bridewell Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe runs of ‘Care Not, Fear Naught’. Recent film credits include 'Normal' (short), 'Missteps' (short), 'Behind Closed Doors' (Art installation). Bella worked in marketing and Assistant Producing for 'A Lie of the Mind' (Southwark Playhouse) & 'The Red Lion' (Trafalgar Studios) which was nominated for an Olivier award this year, and has been working for Temporarily Misplaced Productions as Resident Producer since January 2018.

Reviews:

LondonTheatre1 - ★★★★
[Full review here.]
Upper Circle Theatre- ★★★★
[Full review here.]

We are proud to announce that this piece is being performed as part of the 2019 Catalyst festival in association within Mountview Academy of Performing Arts - stay tuned!