N. F. Simpson’s absurdist play from 1957 is full of bizarre plot twists, unexpected statements, non sequiturs. The world it depicts is similar to ours, but turned on a strange angle. The piece raises plenty of laughs just from the sheer zaniness of the plot – and, it has to be said, the slightly dated nature of the events Simpson depicts.
Bablake Seekers’ production is a breathless affair: you wish that director David Prescott had had more confidence in the text to allow for a more heightened delivery and pauses for laughter. As it stands, it’s rather rushed and often spoken so quietly as to be almost inaudible.
Which is a shame, because the show has a great deal of charm. Georgi Mosley as a nubile young female Uncle Ted is a scene-stealer, and Alex Hoare and Leah Judge as the young couple Bro and Middie Paradock give convincingly suburban performances. In the end, though, it’s Simpson’s wondrously bizarre tale that shines through.
- David Kettle