Dr Russets Travelling Medicine Show

Dr Dusty Russet, purveyor of Russet's Homespun Wonder Tonics has arrived in town with his all-singing all-dancing troupe The Ballyhoo Allstars. Together they demonstrate the efficacy of his miracle elixirs with some nifty song and dance numbers inspired by the folk, blues and jazz musicians of depression era rural America. So step up and let Dr Russet and his companions work their magic. Guaranteed it's good for what ails you!

Dr Russet's Travelling Medicine Show is a devised theatre piece inspired by the travelling medicine shows popular in late 19thC early 20thC rural America. Centred around a doctor (of questionable qualification), purveying a particular brand of medicinal tonics the shows would feature song and dance numbers designed to draw in the crowds and help weaken sales resistance. Some shows employed comedy acts, magicians, snake handlers, escape artists, freakshows and myriad others. The medicine show stage was a place for pure entertainment, not highbrow culture or serious art, aimed mainly at the working class, the farmer and the small-town resident.

Curious Company's show enforces the idea that the true power of healing lay in the act of song and dance rather than the potions themselves, hence plenty of audience participation. Taking inspiration from 1930s jazz, blues and folk, Tap dance and Charleston, Vaudeville and Music Hall, fused with more contemporary influences the Curious Company cast have created a piece of theatre that offers both a taste of nostalgia, and a reflection on the restorative properties of entertainment and human interaction.


Producer/ director : Louise Rennie
Choreography: Marie-Louise Flexen and Russel Boodie
Musical director: Pete Rosser
Writer/ Artwork: Steven Skinley

Dr Dusty Russet: Steven Skinley
Diggie Mauve: Marie-Louise Flexen
Buddy Rouge: Russel Boodie
Mr Fingers: Pete Rosser
Ol Ma Russet: Louise Rennie
Betty the dog: herself


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