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Saturday night outside Camden tube; god, strip bars, weed, crack, lost old men, unemployed actors and vegans all collide in a riptide of chaos on the streets of London. There’s Beth the reformed Christian and Erkenwald the hot-dog seller, old Ragdale on a quest to find his daughter, Mordechai Thurrock the actor-playwright and egomaniac, and Cockburn, Elliot and Clayton the dealers and junkies, whose trade both sustains and destroys the lives of those around them. In this vibrant and blackly comic play, a dozen private stories emerge, and their voices give utterance to a storm of subjects and feelings: pop culture and sexual fantasy, the ruins of empire and the delusions of religion, foreign oil and prehistoric London. Contains bad language, and strong content.
11 May 2009
The clue is in the programme. A three-page interview with writer (vaunted George Devine Award winner Che Walker) then nine pages of notes, from Universal Kinship to Marmite, must be a record. It certainly explains why this engaging piece is such sprawling mess.
A typical night outside Camden Tube: The Frontline professes to tell a dozen different stories. Just the dozen? With a cast of 23, conversations run into, over and along each other and director Matthew Dunster has not orchestrated the necessary clarity. Many stories, though told, are left unheard. We knew that Mahmoud made an appeal to a youth only because said youth said so. What we heard was an oh-so hilarious comparison of Marmite to British democracy.
Simplistic ideas get laughs but little scrutiny. Camden seems peopled by a stringently diverse bunch of pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and born again Christians, most with golden hearts (except the Christians who ar...
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addicted to theatre - 12 May 2009:
Enjoyable but too long. The huge cast and number of characters mean there are too many plots, some of which just peter out. Worth shelling out the £5 for a standing ticket....