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Deep-Fried Language (7blue)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016

Deep-Fried Language Ed2016

‘Deep-Fried Language’ is absurdist to the point of farce. It follows bewildered protagonist Alan, played by Jack Versace, through a bizarre sequence of bureaucratic encounters after being arrested for shoplifting. Its surreal script is packed with cliches and buzzwords, in an attempt to mock these modern day platitudes. Whilst it’s an impressive achievement to pack a script full of so many hackneyed phrases, its comedic value is more worthy of a sketch or two than a full play. The cast do their best to deliver this weak material and Myles Horton particularly stands out, with a performance brimming with physicality and dynamism. However, it’s just not enough, and by the play’s sinister climax we’re all just as confused as Alan.

C Nova, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [John Sampson]