Drawing: Julie Atherton in Shock Treatment

julie atherton

Julie Atherton, one of the west end’s most versatile entertainers, is currently starring as Janet Majors in the world premiere stage production of Shock Treatment. The ‘equal sequel’ to the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the intimate King’s Head Pub Theatre in Islington.

Predicting the rise of reality TV, Shock Treatment sees the return of Brad and Janet, their marriage in crisis, as they get sucked into a world of crazed contestants, fame-hungry presenters and money-grabbing executives both in from tot and behind the cameras.

“Artherton’s Janet switches from buttoned up innocent to onanistic sex object with effortless panache” wrote Claire Allfree in her Telegraph Review. Julie also released her third album Rush of Life late last year.

I left my sketch with the very friendly pub staff one rainy afternoon, tempted to shelter from the elements and catch Julie in person, but I left it and the drawing came back ‘graphed in no time (warp).


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