This play in no way justified its admission fee of £10, let alone suffering the journey to this pretty hard to reach area of London!
There is nothing to speak of by way of plot, except that the wearing of a new overcoat empowers the protagonist to walk on patches of ice that he has found troublesome on any number of occasions up to that point in the piece. He gains esteem amongst his co-workers not for being the best copyist, but for having a coat that exerts a strangely seductive grip upon any wearer.
Yet it destroys him, after which his vengeful spirit seeks to get even not with those who took his coat away and thereby caused his death, but rather with an authority figure closely associated the miserable nature of his life.
The whole thing ends by endorsing the Heaven's Reward Fallacy, although that resolution was not greeted by spontaneous applause, but a rather deflated sense of is that all the last 65 padded minutes or so have been about?! - Nicola Tyrell
31 Jan 11
An excellent evening - well worth a look. Wonderful venue, nice acting and an interesting story. - Lee Warsop
28 Jan 11
A little gem. Thoroughly enjoyed my evening and this poignant production. Worth the visit if you can still get a ticket! - Casper Walker
24 Jan 11
Really entertaining production of this classic Russian short story adapted by Howard Colyer. Great central performance by Chris Bearne who succeeds in being moving without being sentimental. He is surrounded by a totally commited cast and stylish production. A splendid evening in this cosy little theatre. - Sé do Bheatha
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