The cast double up on most parts, all playing at least one musical instrument. All play their parts with gusto and are spot on with the lines which are fired at a terrific pace. Jon Trenchard plays young Snapper and really plays up the role, getting more absurd and funnier as the play goes on.
Designer Dawn Allsopp's excellent set also manages to add to the chaos that is going on stage. With it's multiple drawers leading up to the ceiling, and papers spilling out they also skilfully double up as doors.
Deborah McAndrew has done a splendid job of adapting Nikolai Gogol's groundbreaking play and is up to date and full on with its political satire. It's not an easy task to include a brass band on stage, but with such an incredibly talented cast such as Northern Broadside, you are definitely in safe hands. Funny, fast and infectious laughing, this is a must see show.
- Janie Phillips