"We will find you, you racist coward.”
Before seeing any performance, I quite like the idea of not knowing a great deal about the story or production beforehand
Edmonds' show is excellent. It is funny and thoughtful and polished and well-worth seeing. It is so good, in fact, that I sent my father off to see it, despite his worried protestations that he 'wasn't sure he liked comedy'.
I don't think I've ever laughed so much in one hour. I've never seen a show where somebody taxidermies a pigeon, or sh*ts in a church, or wanks into a piece of fruit, all the while pretending he has a job in B&Q, but that's all just by the by.
By all means take a pinch of Romeo and Juliet to show that falling in love when you are a teenager makes you think you can do anything in the world, but also makes you sort of want to die. But it all gets a bit out of hand when you bring contracting TB into the equation.
I spoke to two people, who were children in the past, about the awful time in their lives, when they owned stick insects. Sarah & Lizzie are real life sisters and perform inappropriate sketches, in a bid to win their mother's affection.
Wet House, Paddy Campbell's first play, does a fantastic job of exploring these complex questions. Campbell's writing is fantastic, evoking the wit, depth of character and moral ambiguity that we've become accustomed to on programmes like The Wire or Breaking Bad.
The irony of Lost In Spaces is that the phase that I think best describes it is Triumphing Over Tragedy, a phrase that every disabled artist will have had printed about them at some point and one that Ms Penny rails against during the show
Microcosm is primarily focused on our anti-hero Alex, whose steady capitulation is not dissimilar to a modern day Othello. And indeed the Policeman, played by Christopher Brandon, serves as a kind of unknowing, kind hearted, Iago whose lack of constructive advice only serves to fan the flames of Alex's mania.
It's not often that I get excited about a classical music concert. Too often they're staid and aloof. But it's all so different when James Rhodes is playing and this week sees him kicking off a packed schedule with a string of shows at Soho Theatre.