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Heads Will Roll – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Creators: Told by an Idiot

Music: Alicia Martel

Director: Paul Hunter

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon

What is the price we pay for covetousness? What happens when we reach for something unobtainable? Told by an Idiot have explored and attempted to answer these questions with their new show Heads Will Roll exploring the vulnerability of the human being. Are these questions answered..? I’m not convinced.

The show is enjoyable, its charming, there is a primitive, innocent feel to it. This devised work amalgamates three different concepts as it explored human vulnerability. At one moment we are in a Spanish school room, where children are enacting the story of ‘The Golden Man’, the next we are watching the crew of a ship on the hunt for the lost city of El Dorado, and then we are in the TV executive’s office as they pump money into BBC soap opera of the same name. The narrative is difficult to follow because it is so topsy-turvy and having not read the programme I would have had real difficulty trying to fathom what the purpose of the work is.

The show is well and truly bonkers! The stories are disjointed, and there is a lot of metaphorical and symbolic fruit involved (sometimes you understand what it represents, sometimes not so much). But the cast give it beans, they are hilarious! Part of what makes them so engaging it their commitment to the crazy nature of the show. Anything less than one-hundred percent barmy would not work with a piece of this nature, but this does.

The piece is full of fun characters and the Spanish and Columbian cast bring a real cultural energy to the performance. It was hard to follow and difficult to identify what the piece is trying to achieve. If they are going for bonkers, they’ve hit the nail on the head. If you like theatre to be madcap and charming, you’ll like this. If you prefer something a bit more serious and moving then, Heads Will Roll won’t be for you.

Runs until Saturday 12th November


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