Those Magnificent Men
Alcock (Ian Shaw) is portrayed with traditional British stiff upper lip; Brown (Richard Earl) is much more excitable. This personality clash provides plenty of humour, as does the frequent breaking from the story for the characters to discuss their particular views on how the tale should be told. Alcock wants a focus on historical facts, whereas Brown wants to embellish it to make it worthy of a blockbuster movie.
The staging is charming and highly evocative of the era, with some extremely inventive use of packing cases, trestle tables and scaffolding poles. The lighting and sound add hugely to the drama of the recreation of the flight, and there are some beautifully hammy Newfoundland, Australian and Irish accents in evidence.
All in all, this is a highly enjoyable piece of theatre, with plenty of facts for the geeks and much to keep the whole audience, old and young, entertained.
- Emma Watkins