A Royal Flush (Cat O’Nine Tails and New Celts Productions)
By Andy Leask | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016
This confused mess of a play is really two plays: one, a satire of cynical tabloid journalism; the other, a farce about two hapless kidnappers with a princess locked in a portaloo. Both interesting enough premises, and both mined for a few laughs. But the split focus results in a ping-pong back and forth between the disintegrating kidnap attempt and the journalists trying to build their story about it. As such, the tone and rhythm is disrupted. It’s not without merit – as I say, both sides have a good number of funny lines – but there are too many dead moments in between. The plot unfolds predictably, and by the end I found I simply didn’t care.
theSpace on the Mile, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]