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AGM (Allthepigs Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Through a series of coincidences, lonely comic-book fan Alquist winds up at the annual general meeting of a mysterious league convinced they have supernatural powers. For a throwaway hour, ‘AGM’ is worth seeing – but, frustratingly, there is a spectacular piece of theatre buried beneath its clownish exterior. It’s played for cheap laughs; no real sympathy is shown to the rag-tag bunch of supposed ‘chosen ones’, and this is where ‘AGM’ falls down – the characters are far more interesting than the meandering plot. Are they modern-day superheroes or fantasists who’ve tracked each other down? How far do they buy into their own myth? ‘AGM’ tells a good story; unfortunately, the story it doesn’t tell is better.

Greenside, 22 – 27 Aug, 1.35pm (2.25pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp236.
tw rating 3/5