Reviewer: Simon Topping
Marching onto stage, complete with luminous yellow safety jacket, is our speed awareness course leader. We have all been irresponsible road users and are here for “correction!”. Reminiscent of the Peter Kay’s fire safety officer in Phoenix Nights, this is the first of Bryony Twydle’s fabulously deranged and mad-cap characters
Starting off is a series of sketches; we soon realise we are embroiled in a story of interconnected people, missed phone calls, deception and scandal.
In this play we see little fat Hector guard his lunch at all costs, a Zumba teacher eat and text her way through class, and a nanny tell of her woes of living in a garden shed. But how they are connected we are not quite sure.
Twydle weaves this plot well and we are drawn in as the story unfolds. There is quick-witted interaction with the audience on several occasions, especially with a Greek sex therapist and Twydle’s shopping channel presenter is marvellously unhinged as is her portrayal of a long lost apple sauce starlet, from Hollywood.
Twydle is a fine actress and comedian which the crowd quickly warm to. Like Miranda Heart or Rowan Atkinson, she is an excellent clown with an array of funny faces and expressions. Her movement in the exercise class scene has the whole room rocking with laughter. She is definitely one to watch for the future.
Runs 13,14 May 2017 at The Warren Theatre Box
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