Writer and performer: Carrie Marx
Director: Chris Lincé
Reviewer: James Napleton
B.A.D.D (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) is a meta-play where the audience is, in fact, a group of concerning parents, who have gathered in a church meeting room to discuss satanic worship.
A clever and sharp parody, Carrie Marx’s script fuses wry British humour within a 1980s America evangelical setting.
The strongest feature of this solo show is its only character, Pam. A fervent Christian with a sugary sweet smile, Pam doesn’t seem like a big fan of levity. She is dedicated to expunging the demonic practices that she has associated with Dungeons and Dragons. This is where the parody is so good, as Pam stares blankly while her audience erupts into laughter at the rich, comical script. However, although the writing operates all the right comic levers, it does start to become repetitive and, in passages, predictable.
The show is not esoteric and while being a fan of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game surely helps, the jokes don’t rely on it. The solo show features a strong performance and this is what drives the show on, Pam is a memorable and well-worked figure. The script is delivered to good effect, as many of the jokes are subtle and hidden within everyday language. Overall the performance is fluid and rhythmic, although this means that the performance does seem to become unbalanced after a long period of audience interaction.
This fun and lively performance is ostensibly about satanic worship and a role-playing game but really equates to a blend of meta-performance and storytelling that leads the audience through the work and psyche of the fascinating, zealous and propagandising Pam.
Runs until 4 June at Sweet Waterfront
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