The Trap’s Bad Play: Second Coming

If there's one theatre company that can claim to have built an episodic comedy-of-errors at the Fringe, then it's The Trap. Bad Play, in all it's various guises over the years, has ruthlessly jibed amateurish student theatre - and this year it's religion that is used as a vague hook upon which to hang the comedy. But lets not focus on the plot, eh? That would get in the way of the gags. Bad Play is about weak acting, missed cues, flimsy scripts and errant props.

Working in the very difficult space that is the Pleasance Cellar, our cast of three - Jeremy Limb, Paul Litchfield & Dan Mersh - exploit video as much as possible to weave complex gags and interactions with their walk-through screen. Jesus doesn't fair too well, but then organised religion in general gets a bit of a kick in the teeth.

Whilst there are some moments which were a little obvious, the overall show was just as funny as we've come to expect from these guys. Falling into their own cleverly laid traps and twisting their script back on itself must be incredibly difficult to pull off this well - or should that be badly?

Reviews by Pete Shaw

Assembly George Square Studios

The House

★★★★★
theSpace on the Mile

Grace Notes

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

The Jungle Book

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

★★★★
Multiple Venues

A Spoonful Of Sherman

★★★★★
Pleasance Theatre

Assassins

★★★★

The Blurb

The story of what would happen if Jesus had been born in 2006.