When news broke of the highly-anticipated revival of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the form of the solo performed Buffy Revamped, my heart skipped a beat, and boy, oh boy, did this revival deliver! Brace yourselves, fellow slayer aficionados, because Buffy Revamped is a stake-wielding triumph that revisits the iconic franchise with humour, love and a lot of hate for Riley!
From the PR blurb "In this fast-paced new production we bring you the entire 144 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as told through the eyes of the one person who knows it inside out… Spike". The show was also the (well deserved) winner of Best One Person Show and Best Comedy Performance at the DarkChat Awards 2022.
The one man show, written & performed Brendan Murphy delivers a performance with a zeal and energy I've really seen on stage. It's a smart, rude and relentless in its love for the show, whilst never ignoring the moments that don't make sense or are, you know, a bit crap!
Elephant in the room: The poster for this show is terrible. I say that as it doesn't sell what this show is because, in truth, I haven't laughed so hard in years. Honestly Buffy Revamped is just one of the funniest 75 minutes you will ever sit through (well if you are a Buffy fan at least!).
With that in mind a small warning: whilst I took my 13 year old (and I'm sure there were a few younger kids in attendance), Murphy rightly doesn't shy away from the sexual nature of Buffy and has it's share of grown up references and language. But if that's the only note I could find it probably tells you just how much we BOTH enjoyed this show!
So in conclusion, Buffy Revamped is a resounding success that manages to both honour the legacy of the cult classic while carving out its own unique niche in this vampire-slaying pantheon. A hysterical, side splitting night at the theatre that is a must see for fans of the show.
Written & Performed by Brendan Murphy, Hamish MacDougall