'Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea'

1927’s debut show Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a multiple award winning theatrical cabaret which cleverly combines live music, performance and storytelling with films and animations.   An ingeniously dark and strangely beautiful blend of fractured fairytales and silent film homage unfolds as 1927 takes its audience on a deliciously surreal journey through enchanting, skewed and often sinister landscapes.  Using the aesthetic of silent film a series of comic vignettes unfold in which live performers interact seamlessly with animation and film.    Hapless cats, marauding gingerbread men and cross dressing devils all make an appearance, not to mention the sinister twins and their misfortunate guests.  The show has been compared to Shockheaded Peter, David Lynch, and Edward Gorey with a twist of Weimar cabaret, 1927’s highly crafted world is, however a unique one, which will pleasantly tease your senses.   A delicately deadly delight!


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was developed at BAC. 

2008 UK Tour funded by Arts Council England

Directed & Written by Suzanne Andrade 

Film, Animation and Design by Paul Barritt

Music by Lillian Henley

Costume by Esme Appleton 

Performed by Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Lillian Henley 

Producer: Joanna Crowley

Quotes & Awards

‘a show that oozes technical accomplishment, and there's no doubt, with a debut as slick as this, that these young artists have a bright future ahead of them.’

The Age, Melbourne

‘Between the Devil is so distinctive and so original, so good-natured and lacking in pretension, it defies the typical anxieties of influence … and is only the glimpse of a truly transcendent talent on its way to a big-time audience.’

The Charleston City Paper

‘an ingenious, macabre little charmer’

New York Times

‘This is the kind of show you dream of finding – a strange and wonderful little gem that feels utterly fully formed’


‘A devilishly good piece of work.’

The Guardian

Winner Total Theatre Award 2007

Winner Herald Angel Award 2007

Winner Fringe First Award 2007

Winner Glasgow Arches Brick Award 2007

Winner Carol Tamber Award 2007

Winner Empty Space Award (Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award) 2008

Nominated New York Drama Desk Award 2008 (Unique Theatrical Experience) 2008

Nominated New York Drama Desk Award 2008 (Projection & Animation) 2008


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  Images by 1927