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NO ONE at Clapham Omnibus Theatre

Marvel has a friend who is a ghost, and the ghost falls in love, but a crazed police officer, mistaken identity and a bizarre bar fight all conspire to tear apart a budding romance. Akimbo Theatre’s talent shines in their ‘sort of’ adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic An Invisible Man.

NO ONE at Clapham Omnibus Theatre
NO ONE at Clapham Omnibus Theatre

Something is afoot in Wellstone, specifically at the quiz pub, where a fight that defies physics or believability took place. As it transpires, this was down to the supernatural presence that has been accompanying the run-of-the-mill everyman that is Marvel. Upon befriending the ghost, he starts to perform magic tricks and gains some popularity from it. However, the ghost, expresses concern over this, as though publicity could be bad news for him, and bring back what haunts him.

Akimbo Theatre trained at the Jacque Lecoq school in Paris, a clown school renowned for its physical and playful comedy. The company’s training shines through in this, their physical comedy is the high point of this show, and a series of highly choreographed fight scenes all centering around the ghostly presence is excellently put together. Supporting the physical comedy is a sound grasp on comedic structure and timing, and gives us the traditional beats of a somewhat farcical clown piece.

Behind the stage is a DJ, who operates the sounds throughout the show. The sound is well used, and injects atmosphere, guiding the audience through a darkening tale of heartbreak and betrayal.

The company are technically very talented. Their storytelling is occasionally lacking, throughout the piece, there are moments when a very well-put-together joke or physical sequence plays out, but is clearly there to service the joke or moment rather than the plot or overall development of the play. These moments are, nonetheless, brilliant.

This company is seriously talented, the show is very well-made and has the hallmarks of something that will go far. I strongly recommend bumbling down to Clapham to watch some delightfully physical clowns play around and tell an interesting story.

4 stars

Review by Tom Carter

Strange things are happening in Wellstone; a haunted pub quiz, a hovering pizza, and flying girls going missing.

Whilst being investigated by the local Wellstone police force, Thomas Marvel accidentally befriends an invisible man called Griffin. But does Griffin truly exist and is he the violent monster everyone would have us believe?

No One is a high-octane thriller about love, friendship and betrayal, inspired by the themes of H.G Wells’ The Invisible Man. With a live DJ and action-packed fight scenes, this slick modern story reflects the hectic, ultra-visible and technology-centric life we lead today.

NO ONE
PRESENTED BY AKIMBO THEATRE
Strange things are happening in Wellstone; a haunted pub quiz, a hovering pizza, and flying girls going missing.

17-28 JAN 2023
https://www.omnibus-clapham.org/

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