The ridiculous nature of prejudice is examined in Going to Extremes when old friends Lee (Joe Ransom) and Amir (Sushil Chudasama) find themselves on opposite sides in a race demonstration. Although the character of Amir is under-written, author Lisa Holdsworth is able to demonstrate the origin of prejudice in class-consciousness and despair with a surprisingly light and humorous touch.
Watching the Detectives sees TV detectives resort to murder to reduce the competition auditioning for a new programme. James Quinn loads his script with in-jokes and bang up to date references but his affection for the genre is clear. Bearing in mind the blandness of some of the shows parodied, a little more edge would have been appropriate.
J B Shorts squeezes humour and controversy into three short plays to give a very good night out.
- Dave Cunningham