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Review of Captain Show Off at The Scoop

Captain Show Off!, The Scoop.
Captain Show Off!, The Scoop. Courtesy Sheila Burnett

As part of More London’s free open doors theatre festival, “Captain Show Off!” is a family play that invites us to a Roman town. Adapted from the comedies of Plautus this story tries to mislead and confuse us with Aroggantious and Timmidius, twin brothers separated at birth. The play shows some fabulous comic situations that makes the audience laugh a lot. That’s not a surprise because the play tells us the story in an original way, including some musical moments, for the families with children and for people of all ages who come to The Scoop to experience Captain Show Off.

The actors performed brilliantly throughout and seemed to be perfectly suited for this type of family entertainment. On the day I saw the show, despite the rain, they kept a stiff upper lip without stopping at any moment. All the actors added their personal touch to the characters and this made a great end result.

Also, in this play, the audience is the other main character. The actors ask some questions of the public, they encourage them to sing and come onto the stage. The mix of all these aspects creates an amazing atmosphere.

Como parte del festival de teatro al aire libre More London, “Captain Show Off!” es una obra familiar que nos invita a un pueblo romano. A partir de la adaptación de las comedias de Plautus esta historia juega con el espectador y lo confunde con la aparición de Aroggantious y Timmidius, dos hermanos gemelos que fueron separados al nacer. El espectáculo muestra algunas situaciones cómicas que provocan la risa en el público. Esto no es una sorpresa porque la obra nos cuenta esta historia de una forma original, incluyendo algunos momentos musicales, para familias con hijos y también para gente de todas las edades que quiera acercarse a The Scoop.

La interpretación de los actores encajaba perfectamente con este tipo de Show familiar. El día de mi representación, a pesar de la lluvia, aguantaron el tipo sin parar la función en ningún momento. Todos los actores añaden su toque personal a los personajes, hecho que crea un fantástico resultado.

Además, en esta obra, la audiencia es el otro gran protagonista. Los actores hacen preguntas al público, les animan a cantar e incluso les hacen subir al escenario. Y es que el mix de todos estos aspectos crea una gran atmósfera.

4 stars

Reviewed by Montse Carrasco

Captain Show-Off!
Adapted from the Roman comedies of Plautus by Phil Willmott, with original music by Theo Holloway.
Time: 18:00 – 19:30

This joyous family show invites you to a bustling Roman town as everyone anticipates the return from war of the big-headed soldier, Milos Colossus. But if he’s expecting everything to be as it was when he left for battle he’s in for a shock. Expect audience participation, sing-a-longs, mistaken identities and slapstick galore as a colourful cast of clever slaves, daring lovers and cunning tricksters take full advantage of the chaos that peace brings.

Free Festival: Theatre
Date: 5 – 30 August, every Wednesday to Sunday 2015
Time: 18:00 – 22:30
Location: More London
Admission: Free

As the modern world re-evaluates its role in international conflict, we present a free, action packed, open air theatre season exploring how our ancient ancestors saw the muddle that peace brings – in both comedy and drama.

Sunday 23rd August 2015


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