Creators: Z Theatre Company
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
When you see an advertisement for a show about Freshers’ Week your obvious first instinct is to stay clear if you are over 25-years-old as this comedy will be aimed at the innuendo-loving student generation and you are supposed to be past that stage. On the other hand, if you are a student you will have more pleasure buying a round rather than going to seeDead Fresh.
Freshers’ Week is those awkward seven days where university clashes with Ibiza and becomes a hormonal sex craving mess. The guy who is constantly sucking on a joint, the short-skirted girl puking her guts out and the eternal cry of“I will never drink again” are the immature, admittedly true, interpretations that we arebeing tortured into watching over a dozen times and it is dull. All these cliques are packaged intoDead Freshand it is unclear if it is trying to make a mockery of the whole situation as it is relentlessly unfunny.
To their credit, the Z Theatre Company do try and change things up a bit by adding in a guy who dies while having sex. But even that is dutifully silly like the production as a whole. Where are theX-MenandAmerican Horror Story: Covenreferences? Not in this show anyway.
Dead Freshis a lighthearted affair where some members of the audience do laugh the whole way through, however it is impossible to tell if they maypossibly be drunk or working for the company. There are some creative, funny moments, including a memorable slap, but it could be far more humorous if the script was a little more developed and didn’t act as an insult to students.
Runs until 21stAug