by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
It’s UNDER THE SOFA
The Play that Goes Wrong at Birmingham Hippodrome
Before we start.. This is my THIRD time seeing The Play That Goes Wrong. I saw it previously at Birmingham Rep and at Belgrade Coventry. (Where it actually returned to last week.)
Chris Bean (Jake Curran) is putting on a play called Murder at Haversham Manor and with the help of a team from Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society he seems to consider himself the director. He’s cast himself as the Inspector and things are already out of control.
Nearly ten minutes before the production starts light and sound manager Trevor (Gabriel Paul) comes tearing through the audience looking for a lost dog and Annie (Catherine Dryden) pulls and unsuspecting audience member on stage to help her put a shelf up.
For an audience that may have seen Peter Pan Goes Wrong on BBC One and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre are at their very best with a live audience. Most of whom may not have seen their live show.
From falling sets to broken equipment, injured actors to a slightly slippy carpet. It’s no spoiler to tell you that everything that can go wrong does.
TIMING is everything and there’s even a moment for you the audience to join in. So I DID. Chris Bean is looking for a book which Max (Bobby Hirston) has moved from its proper location behind cushions on the chaise lounge. Having seen a different actor in this role before I knew I could shout out but, I wanted to see what Chris Bean (Jake Curran) would do first. He started to headbutt the chaise and when he stopped shouting for a moment I yelled. “IT’S UNDER THE SOFA” He yelled back “What??” So I yelled again even louder. “This isn’t interactive theatre you know“. “Oh yes it is”
Robert (Kazeem Tousin Amore) and Sandra (Elena Valentine) play an unlikely brother and sister in the Murder at Haversham Manor with Dennis (Benjamin McMahon) as their loyal butler Perkins. Dennis however doesn’t know half of the words he’s scribbled on his hand and Jonathan (Steven Rostance) is a terrible dead body! Max (Bobby Hirston) comes very close to stealing the show.
I love seeing this show with someone who has never seen it before. As their reactions are great! My plus one for the night really enjoyed herself. It’s slightly different every time and the fact that different things can go out of control so well is a testament to the production itself.
Absurd, out of control and unmissable.
See The Play That Goes Wrong this week at Birmingham Hippodrome until 31st March. Buy Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/play-goes-wrong/
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see The Play that Goes Wrong by Birmingham Hippodrome.