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Beef (Nottingham New Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

What would you do if you knew that an apocalyptic flood was going to wipe out the world tomorrow? ‘Beef’ takes a good shot at imagining the predicament of a modern day Noah, successfully achieving a convincing naturalism within a surreal and chilling premise. Shock, incredulity and social awkwardness are well and wittily observed by a strong cast. Unfortunately, the plot is weakened by too many unanswered questions and the tense, atmospheric scenes are frustratingly broken up by a series of ill-advised music and mime interludes. With a tighter re-edit and better directed scene changes, this could be an excellent dark comedy. If the flood begins tomorrow, this show is no bad place in which to take shelter from the storm.

C soco, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 3.45pm (4.35pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp241.
tw rating 3/5