If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me review – teenage kicks with Jane Horrocks

Young Vic, London
Horrocks and choreographer Aletta Collins join forces for an evening of post-punk anthems

The actor and singer Jane Horrocks, best known as daffy Bubble in the BBC TV series Absolutely Fabulous, grew up in rural Lancashire, and in her teens was captivated by northern bands such as Joy Division, Buzzcocks and the Smiths. Now 52, Horrocks has conceived a show with the director-choreographer Aletta Collins in which she sings 13 of her favourite songs from that era. The show’s title, If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, is taken from Soft Cell’s The Girl With the Patent Leather Face.

As Horrocks sings, and a band plays, four dancers perform choreography by Collins. Sometimes they interact with Horrocks, sometimes not. They are in no sense her backing dancers, and Collins has gone to some trouble to avoid any suggestion of the video-clip format. As Horrocks belts out Gang of Four’s Anthrax, Conor Doyle writhes on the stage, his limbs scything and scissoring through a routine that’s part breakdance, part death spasm. As she performs the Fall’s My New House, complete with Mark E Smith-style banshee wails, Horrocks rolls over the prone dancers like luggage on an airport scanner.

We don’t get any intimate, close-focus stuff. No tales of romantic yearning in Lancastrian back-bedrooms

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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