Promising an audience ‘the greatest show on earth’ is pretty much the best way to set yourself up for a fall at the Festival. While Uber Hate Gang begins with some potentially interesting ideas about terrorism, theatre, and the nature of complicity, I found the constant assertions of ‘you all still think this is a play!’ rather trying. This baffling show is supposedly about rebelling against ‘the sheer frustration of being average’, which is bizarre as the script itself is disappointingly mediocre; perhaps it’s trying to prove its own point, but somehow I doubt it.

It’s a shame really, as it begins promisingly and cast are really quite good; Gareth Webber is especially dynamic in the role of Andrew. However, as the terrorists are interrupted by a children’s entertainer, the script just gets odder and odder until the whole thing unravels into a heap of clichéd melodrama and a conclusion that is as ill-fitting as it is confusing. In some ways, it’s apt that a piece about terrorism should destroy itself from within, but for a show that ought to pack a real punch I was left unmoved.

- Miranda Fay Thomas