On Friday 3rd of February I went to see new play ‘Buffy Revamped’, at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s Norman Bragg Studio. The seventy minute one man play had the audience in stitches whilst being taken on a thrilling journey to the town of Sunnydale through 1990s nostalgia and fun surrounding the hit television show ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.
‘Seventy Minuets, Seven Seasons, One Spike’
‘Buffy Revamped’ was created by comedian, writer and performer; Brendon Murphy, after previously starring in his success of a parody show, critically acclaimed: ‘Friend (The one with Gunther)’. Which is based on the popular 1990s television show ‘Friends’. Directed by Hamish MacDougall.
Brendon Murphy plays ‘Spike’, fan favourite, cynical, evil and charming vampire from the original show, who re-enacts all seven seasons of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in seventy action-packed minuets. Whilst also impersonating other members of the ‘Scooby gang’ including; Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia, Drusilla, Angel, and of course, Buffy Summers, among others. Being a Buffy fan myself, I particularly enjoyed the subtle references to certain episodes that were dropped throughout the show. Murphy was incredible, his humour, accent, movements, expressions and overall portrayal and embodiment of Spike made me feel like I was actually watching the show all over again. And especially it being a one man show, Murphy did an excellent job of retaining audience engagement, excitement and keeping the flow of the show going swiftly. I also enjoyed the aspects of audience participation, they really got the crowd going and created a feel-good atmosphere for the rest of the evening.
The show debuted at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has since swept across the nation, and will continue to do so after its current run at the Adelaide Fringe in Australia!
I would rate ‘Buffy Revamped’ four out of five stars, and certainly recommend it to any Buffy fan and encourage you to see the show at your local theatre, you will have the most fun and exciting time ever!
The production is that good you would still have a fantastic time even if you hadn’t watched the entirety of the original tv show.
Don’t forget your stakes and remember, ‘Angel sucks, spike rules!’.