Life According To Saki (Atticist)
By Jon Stapley | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016
In the trenches of WWI, where shortly he will die, writer H.H. ‘Saki’ Munro regales fellow troops with sharp, satirical stories of upper-class Edwardian England. This ambitious adaptation is brought to life by a strong cast – Tom Lambert is superbly smarmy as mischievous anti-hero Clovis, while Caitlin Thorburn excels in the delightfully black story ‘Esme’. These stories, displaying Saki’s piercing satirical wit, are the most successful adaptations. Later, more serious stories are less assured, and a production crammed so full of ideas and devices (puppetry, dance, masks and more) might have benefited from excising them for a leaner runtime. As it stands, the show runs a little long, but otherwise it’s a solid adaptation of the source material, bolstered to intermittent excellence by its performers.
C, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]