Mischief Theatre has created an extraordinary brand of British theatre over the past decade.
Their high speed farce with physical theatre and word games to match has gained many fans both at home and internationally. Right now, their star is shining very brightly.
This production is a little different to their previous work, as it does not rely on the theatrical incompetence associated with “Play that Goes Wrong” or “Peter Pan Goes Wrong.”
The narrative here is hapless thieves trying to steal a diamond from an equally terribly staffed bank with unsurprising consequences.
The outstanding cast race through proceedings with great style. The sung scene transitions are excellent whilst the set morphs around the characters to create a cinematic feel.
The energy never falters; Julia Frith (Caprice) is a glorious femme fatale whilst Jon Trenchard (Warren Slax) survives a series of physical onslaughts that is a highlight of the evening.
The set design by David Farley is a great achievement, allowing us to see inside the vault whilst the lighting design by David Howe and razor sharp direction by Kirsty Patrick Ward creates yet another masterclass of comedy precision.
The company work is effortless and easy, completing masking the huge skill and talent involved in producing such quality theatre.
This is essential viewing and should be on prescription for any grey days.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, a Mischief Theatre production, is showing at the Theatre Royal in Bath until Saturday 4th May 2019.
For more information, and tickets, visit the Theatre Royal website.