Take a bunch of classically trained yet not entirely serious actors, rehearse a play then feed one of them half a bottle of gin just before curtain up and what have you got? Come on, you can do better than that! I said, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT? SH!T FACED SHAKESPEARE! That’s right! Birthed from under one of the more outrageous skirts of the Edinburgh fringe, this group has been “improving” Shakespearean plays for an incredibly impressive nine years. Hamlet, Much Ado, Midsummer and many others have … [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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The opening scene in The Frogs: Recroaked is sufficient to work out, very broadly speaking, what sort of an evening at the theatre a production of this nature is. The audience is told, plainly and simply, that this is all “meaningless” or otherwise “harmless” fun. If there any contemporary links to be made with this adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy, the production does it all for the audience - there are references galore to (amongst other things) hashtags, Eurostar, Instagram, Uber (which … [Read more...]
William Andrews is back at the Soho Theatre with his new show Willy. His last show at the Soho Theatre was 9 years ago and a lot of stuff has happened to him and around him since then, stuff that William feels we ought to know. Life-enhancing stuff? No! Funny? Yes, Oh YES, OH YES! Just go! It's only running for a few days, blink and you'll miss it - so my advice is to go and get a ticket now, you don't even need to read my review - take my word it was brilliant! you'll leave the venue … [Read more...]
Perhaps the most frequently asked question I receive relates to what I am seeing over the next week or two. Recently, I’ve been saying that I was going to see something called Shit-Faced Showtime, and this would seldom draw an indifferent reaction – some were intrigued, others were hopeful that I would enjoy it, still others sighed sympathetically. The audience reactions during the show were just as varied – most made the most of it and tried to appreciate it for what it was, and it is pleasing … [Read more...]
This is the show in which hopefully nothing happens but the happenings that do happen actually almost didn’t happen (self-fulfilling prophesy) because there happened to be a glitch in the staging preventing the mariotronic “happenings” (small independently moving plaster-of-Paris figurines for the uninitiated) from proceeding which obliged a cast (uh-huh) member to coax and cajole the said “happenings” to continue happening though this didn’t quite happen so the Stage Manager had to happen into … [Read more...]
It’s been five years since the phenomenon that is The Play That Goes Wrong erupted into being in a little theatre above a pub. Since that moment Mischief Theatre have gone from strength to strength, firmly establishing themselves in the national theatre-going conscious as purveyors of comedy sans pareil. Wisely, they have deviated from the original formula of collapsing sets and forgotten lines and used their seemingly boundless versatility to shoot off in a new direction. The Comedy About a … [Read more...]
Written and directed by Guy Unsworth, this hilarious play is a reworking of a classic episode of the BBC sitcom and I have to admit the sound of the show’s iconic theme at the start of the play transported me back to my childhood where I watched the programme with my family. Set in the 1970s at the Spencer’s house the play tells the story of Betty's (Sarah Earnshaw) attempts to tell husband Frank (Joe Pasquale) that a baby is on the way. The play’s five strong cast are excellent. Joe … [Read more...]