Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt


On stage a woman stands, the greatest rock singer of her generation.  Behind her is the hottest band that a record company can buy. In front of her, an audience of thousands of expectant fans. She is Janis Joplin. She is utterly alone.

Created by multi-award winning writing/directing team Peter Arnott and Cora Bissett (last here in 2013 with the Olivier award-winning Roadkill and in 2012 with the brilliant Glasgow Girls), Full Tilt is a celebration of a sound, a scream of protest at the universe. 

Age Guidance
14 +
Contains strong language

Running Time
aprox 2 hours and 20mins including interval

Newham Discount Night 
Thurs 11 Feb 
£2.50 ticket

Available for Nehwam residents who are first-time bookers
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Book for a special VIP night and help support our work
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"Angie Darcy’s realisation of powerhouse singing voice is eerily mesmerising in its authenticity.”

“Janis Joplin was one of a kind and the opportunity to connect with her on such a profoundly personal level as this is utterly unique. It should be grabbed with both hands." The Upcoming



"This mesmerising and extraordinary performance by Angie Darcy, who completely inhabits her role, is pure brilliance – a tour de force with equal intensity and warmth" London Theatre 1



“An intelligent, exciting hybrid of tribute act and theatre”

“Exciting fusion of theatre and tribute featuring a thrilling central performance” The Stage


“Janis Joplin: Full Tilt a high octane musical rock tribute”

“Angie Darcy is convincingly complex as Janis in both voice and persona.”

“The show ends somewhat abruptly — like her life — leaving the audience yearning for more."  Londonist


"Angie Darcy fizzes as the tourtured queen of blues, completely & utterly inhabiting Joplin" West End Wilma



"Angie Darcy bursts into the spotlight first speaking – her Texan accent faultless – and then raising Stratford East’s ornate roof with her extraordinarily powerful singing. Suddenly it is as if Janis Joplin, solidly built and clad in her trademark flares, fringes, feathers and beads, really were in the room – loud, strident, offensive, refreshing and sad"
“Director Cora Bissett’s production, packs a pretty powerful punch” Musical Theatre Review

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"Cora Bissett’s exciting production boasts a stunning central performance from Angie Darcy as Joplin"

“a wonderful musical journey around Joplin’s short life”

“Janis Joplin: Full Tilt is a fascinating study of an icon and a period in American history where segregation and Vietnam are part of ‘normal’ life. This is a welcome appreciation of a disturbed, musical genius.” London Grip


“ANGIE Darcy’s captivating performance as the troubled American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin shows us the agony and ecstasy she experienced during her all-too-brief life.”
Full Tilt’s part live gig and part story-telling sequence is a winning formula because it puts the emphasis on Joplin’s strongest assets: her voice and stage presence. 

“Darcy successfully delivers both Janis and Pearl to make this a night to remember”

Indie London 


“Part play, part gig, perfect whole.”
“Angie Darcy has a voice that soars, screams, rejoices and despairs sometimes at one and the same time. It is both exhilarating and exhausting to see and hear.”

“Moving and enthralling." Reviews Gate


“Full of sass and swagger “ A Younger Theatre


"A relentlessly high-octane show fronted by a charismatic performer playing an even more charismatic performer.” Exeunt Magazine


“Hannah Jarrett-Scott delivered a stunning performance... the energy coming off the stage is so powerful. 

"The musicians who makeup her Full Tilt band couldn’t be bettered and with numbers such as "Piece of My Heart" (which gets a reprise as a finale) delivered with such power you can’t help but get caught up in the emotion and the music." British Theatre Guide


Cast & Creatives



ANGIE DARCY as Janis Joplin
HANNAH JARRETT-SCOTT Understudy Janis Joplin and performs at select performances
KEN BIRK The Young Clerk




Lighting design & Production Management JOHN WILKIE
Sound Designer GARRY BOYLE
Associate Director BETH MORTON
Musical Director HARRY WARD
Assitant Lighting Designer SAM BURNKEY
Wardrobe Assistant JACQUELINE LACY    

Access Performances

Captioned:  26th Feb 7:30pm

Audio:  27th Feb 3pm

Signed:  5th March 3pm


Angie Darcy won a Herald Angel award for her 'magnificent performance' in Full Tilt.

Angie Darcy won best female musical performance at the Musical Theatre Network Awards.  

Book for a special VIP night and help support our work

Join us for a memorable night out with friends including a pre-show meal at one of our fundraising events.

Full information is available here.

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