Writer: David Hendon
Director: Phil Croft
Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
The cult of celebrity is all too familiar. Each year thousands upon thousands of pop star wannabes try their hand at becoming the next big hit. If they are lucky they will still be recognised on the streets a year later. Some, however, are remembered for the wrong reasons.
Shrapnel Theatre’s latest production cleverly tells the story of Jamie (Samuel Curry) who experiences excessive invasionof his personal life, having found success on a tv show: Britain’s Worst Singer. Having gained infamy by swearing on Children in Need, Jamie experiences the highs and lows of becoming a D-lister. It doesn’t take too long before Jamie gets caught up in the glamour of showbiz…
Curry’s own experience of fame was short-lived due to his appearance on the 11th series of The Apprentice but now is his time to shine. Curry is passionate about the arts and this is strongly conveyed throughout the performance. Perhaps Curry adapts to Jamie’s character with such ease due to the uncanny parallels between the character he plays and his own experience of the limelight. Curry’s facial expressions are excellent and complement his versatile acting ability.
The supporting cast is extremely well polished although Max (Jonathan Mathews), Jamie’s best friend, steals the show with his boisterous behaviour, riotous humour and witty monologues. Although short in number, each cast member undoubtedly contributes much to the overall success of this fast-moving show.
David Hendon’s sharp, piquant and well-paced script is cleverly crafted with topical references that have the audiences in stitches. Minimalistic staging is effective however, the performance is lacking the ambience required to accompany such a well-written piece. One to watch.
Runs until 29 August 2016