Eugene O’Hare’s second full length play, Sydney and the Old Girl is a wickedly funny, black comedy, showcasing Miriam Margolyes’ talents to the full, whilst also providing meaty roles for the other two actors in this three-handed play. Sydney Stock has lived for over fifty years cooped up with his mother Nell in her grubby East End home. Their only reason for living seems to be because they loathe each other and need to cause each other as much pain as possible, perhaps because of what … [Read more...]
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
For the audience, there’s not a moment’s respite. We chortle and scream, we cackle and squirm, we hoot, we howl and we are ultimately convulsed. Go see it: you will laugh all the way to the bank.
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There came a point during Defective Inspector when I couldn’t help thinking that this would work well in a late evening slot at the Edinburgh Fringe. Laughing Mirror Theatre Company have done the Fringe before, of course - and your reviewer should know, having seen their production White Girls there. This is a markedly different show than White Girls, not least because this can hardly be construed as a portrayal of real events. It also achieves that relatively rare thing (these days, anyway) of … [Read more...]
The trouble with a franchise - and Mischief Theatre is now on it’s 6th (or is it 7th?) show - is that - if you are not careful - it grows a bit stale. Groan Ups has all the accoutrements of the Mischief Theatre brand that we have come to know and love but, honestly, the joke and, yes they are all basically based on the one elongated joke, is wearing a bit thin. The action goes awry, characters act OTT and it ends in farce. The farce in this instance takes hold in Act 3 after the interval. To … [Read more...]
Christmas can be a stressful time for many. The soap opera storylines will be as eventful as ever, but seem to hit closer to home, at least for irregular viewers such as yours truly, during the festive period, and there are plenty of people in the world who spend time with people whose presence they would, if they had things their way, rather not be in. Rupert (Tom Campbell-Moffat) has persuaded his wife, Clara (Morgane Richard), with child, to spend Christmas with his family. The matriarch, … [Read more...]
A good mix of music, comedy, dramatization and storytelling make for an enjoyable and eclectic evening. Set in 1963, One Man, Two Guvnors isn’t, as the title might suggest, a straightforward three-hander, and in all the twists and turns of the plot, there’s much to keep audiences engaged throughout. I must qualify this, however - at the performance I attended, not every punchline landed with the raucous reactions from the audience that I recall from the National Theatre production of the show in … [Read more...]
A company of relatively inept actors attempt to stage a tour of poorly written play, Nothing On. What could possibly go wrong? In Act 1 it's midnight, the show opens in less than 24 hours, they've had less than two weeks' rehearsal and they still haven't finished their dress rehearsal. We are introduced to the company of fictional actors who are caricatures of what I think many would stereotype actors to be, my favourite being the gossip mongering Belinda played by Sarah Hadland who goes around … [Read more...]
An impressive backdrop of trees, woodland and leaves dominates the rear of the stage of the Cockpit Theatre for this production of Moth Hunting - Greg Spong’s set design is on a par with the sort of scenery at somewhere like Chichester Festival Theatre or even the National. Gill (Verity Richards) is out in the woods with her two grown-up daughters, Ann (Charlotte Baker) and Sue (Kathryn McGarr). I couldn’t quite work out why they were there, apart from to fulfil Ann’s desire to identify various … [Read more...]