It’s 1892 in New York – Kate Fox, the last remaining Fox sister is holding her last séance in her apartment, reflecting on the ups and downs of her life and telling the story of the religion that she inadvertently invented.

Loosely inspired by the loosely true story of Kate Fox, The Fabulist Fox Sister is a silly, scathing and sardonic one-person musical inspired by our own era of approximate truth.

Having been originally presented by Southwark Playhouse and streamed online in 2020, the play is now revived as an in-person cabaret show at Crazy Coqs in London – an intimate and incredibly suiting venue for the performance.

Directed by Adam Lenson and produced by ALP Musicals, the play features fantastic writing and acting by Michael Conley; lively, jazzy and catchy tunes by Luke Bateman; brilliant live performances by pianist/musical director Tamara Saringer and percussionist Calie Hough. It is a quirky, dark, sarcastic, comedic and fun experience.

It felt as though we were in the room where Kate Fox actually told her story, as if we were part of the audience then. The script and the lyrics were sharply and playfully written with a mixture of historical events and modern (often witty) expressions. Throughout the show and as Kate Fox unfolded the progression of stories and relationships in her life, we were constantly asking ourselves what’s real, what’s not, what we want to believe, and whether it matters.

A fun and enjoyable experience overall.