A very promising piece from a young company that demonstrates the intellect and talent their generation has to offer.
This play is performed by a large cast of promising male and female student actors, many of whom play a number of different roles. Most of the actors are portraying characters that are older to them and I was very impressed with how believable their performances were. Basden creates a number of comical characters in this piece, my favourites including the cross dressing pair of detectives, the promiscuous intern Lenny, Bear the window glazer and Joseph’s doll-collecting, gluttonous lawyer.
There are many clever and thought-provoking themes in this political satire including power, control and the luxury of freedom. This play mocks bureaucracy and a number of intelligent and humorous sketches are delivered on the use of automated services and unhelpful case workers. Without meaning to sound patronising I was surprised by the sexual content in this piece and how well this young company dealt with some of the more mature themes.
This play could definitely be cut by half an hour and can often rely heavily on stereotypes for comic purposes. However this is a very promising piece from a young company that demonstrates the intellect and talent their generation has to offer.