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26 February–2 March 2018

Arcola Queer Collective

Fine and Dandy

by Sue Frumin

Directed by Jonathan Richardson

“Meet Ernest/Ernestine Faigele Fine, a singer of cheap ballads and weary tunes, inventor of the worst magic acts in history, a clog dancer of no particular skill and a wandering Jew at the turn of the 20th Century…”

Jewish refugee Ernest Faigele Fine has many a trick up their sleeve – if only they could manage to master them.

On an epic queer journey from the Pale of Settlement, through the seaside boulevards of northern England and the fields of northern France, will Ernest and Dandy the aspiring male impersonator find fame and fortune in the New World?

Encounter sailors, clairvoyants, impresarios, soldiers, sweatshop workers and Ethel the snake in this dazzling story about finding home, by writer and queer theatre legend Sue Frumin.

Jonathan Richardson (The Fems, Camden People’s Theatre/The Glory, and House of Idiot) directs the Arcola Queer Collective in a show which blends music, drama, circus and music hall.


Part of Creative/Disruption 18
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Also from the Queer Collective: Corpus Christi and The Cluedo Club Killings

★★★★★ A gender fluid delight ... a joyous evening of laughter ... an energetic, hilarious romp
—Spy in The Stalls on Fine and Dandy
★★★★ Part burlesque, part Brecht, this is a stylised piece that often leans towards performance art and explores a complex and intimate web of friends and lovers grappling with desire, submission and unrequited love.
—LGBTQ+ Arts Review on The X
Ultimately, this is a play that delights, beguiles and reminds one of the hard-won happiness we are blissfully free to pursue in 2017.
—Attitude Magazine on The Drag
The Drag feels utterly celebratory...A succès de scandale!
—Times Literary Supplement on The Drag
★★★★ Tender, funny and utterly brilliant… I urge you to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, if you have to!
—DIVA Magazine on The Little Prince
★★★★★ Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.
—Gay Times on A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Rachel Skyer

Ernest/Ernestine Faigele Fine

Dani Singer


Bex Large


James Ferguson

Solly/ Luigi Panettone

Layla Baudelaire

Martha/ Little Wing

Tasmine Airey

Dilly / multiple roles

Shane Quinn

Dolly / multiple roles

Dan de la Motte

Beryl / multiple roles

Dian Cathal

Albert / multiple roles

Oliver Retter

Ethel the Snake / The Ringmaster, et al.


Sue Frumin


Jonathan Richardson

Costume Designer

Lou Firth

Assistant Director

Mayra Stergiou

Make-up Artist

Talia Jordan
Standard £12
Concession £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Friday at 7pm.

Running time: 60 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Drug use
Flashing/strobe lights
Loud noises

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Bec Martin —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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