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Cruelty (The Better Craftsman)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

This is one for all dark comedy theatre fans, as ‘Cruelty’ follows the story of an insomniac on his numerous nights out. I found it difficult to become fully engrossed din the show, largely due to the lack of stage direction – most of the dialogue was spoken while sitting on a chair or during voiceover sequences between scenes, causing my mind to wander, and I found myself thinking this may have been solved by more fourth wall breaks or just more movement as this is when the performance became more compelling. Nevertheless, Luke Nixon is excellent in this fascinating role and does his best in drawing the audience in, and will definitely suit those who enjoy wordy productions.

C aquila, until 13 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Melrose]