Come and dance with a Teddy boy and Teddy girl
Many have never heard of the Teddy look before, yet for many people who lived in the UK during the 1950s this was a part of real life. It was a cultural trend that was found in many places; derelict buildings, and homes, which were destroyed by German bombs. Ten years after the Blitz (September 1940 – May 1941) young boys and girls, pretending to be adults, donned the Teddy aesthetic: a look epitomised by polished suits, super slick back hair and a passion for rock and roll music. It was Bill Haley and His Comets recording of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ in April 1954 that caused a musical shockwave across the Pacific – American culture had finally hit Britain.
Teddy, a musical by writer Tristan Bernays and composer Dougal Irvine, has arrived at the Vault Festival in Waterloo. The Vault Theatre has changed up its bar’s furnishings to a derelict and post-war feel to accompany the show. It is grabbing the attention of many original Teds, taking them down memory lane, and plenty of theatregoers who have never heard of the subculture before. Teddy is an immersive take of 1950s’ London seen through the eyes of displaced youths of post-war society, Josie (Molly Chesworth) and Teddy (George Parker).