ED2011 1/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Anyone For A Witch Hunt? – Free (Stay Curious Productions / Laughing Horse Free Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Promised black comedy and a bevy of fake beards by the show’s blurb, we receive little of the former and a mere taste of the latter’s raw potential. Based on the sixteenth-century North Berwick witch trials, the play flounders between the historical and the pantomimic, never certain which direction it’s aiming at. Long informative voice-overs deteriorate into a means of forcing in too much irrelevant detail, while the bumbling of lines, absence of many necessary props, and un-energetic performances (with some exceptions), make it feel like we’re watching a read-through or rehearsal. Sporadic chuckles from the audience suggest that not all of the jokes flopped, but this show would profit from less historical plot-line and more self-aware pantomime.

Laughing Horse at The Counting House, 13 – 20 Aug, 1.15pm (2.15pm), free, fpp238.
tw rating 1/5