ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Comedy Reviews

Flood (Flood Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

At its best, ‘Flood’ was reminiscent of a politicised ‘League of Gentlemen’. At its worst, however, it reeked of purposely obscure pretensions. The production involved a series of sketches involving characters from British life, among them a vicar, corrupt MPs, and an alternative healer charging hundreds of pounds for quack remedies. Throughout, these characters are threatened by ‘The Limit’ – a vague menacing entity that links every sketch together in theory but proves an alienating and confusing presence in practice. The performances were very impressive and there were some clever moments – a recurring sketch involving weighing scales was pitch-perfect. However, to really have bite, ‘Flood’ needed to forget its more obscure moments and remember its audience.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 15 – 27 Aug, 10.50pm (11.50pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp75.
tw rating 3/5