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Belt Up’s Outland (Belt Up Theatre in association with Jethro Compton Ltd)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Nestled deep amidst the borogroves of the C venue, down a rabbit hole, you’ll find ‘Beltup’s Outland’. If you enjoyed that sentence, you’ll probably enjoy the show. ‘Outland’ is about the life and works of fantasy writer, Lewis Carroll. Carroll’s characters, from Alice to the lesser known Sylvie and Bruno, sporadically appear alongside Carroll in this interactive show. The creative set creates an imprisoned feeling, intensifying the writing’s macabre playfulness. However, the characters tend to change too frequently, thus aren’t fully developed; presumably to compensate, the actors maintain an emotionally high level throughout, producing a melodramatic and slightly ridiculous atmosphere which, unfortunately, dampens the effectiveness of the production. Even so, the result is nothing short of satisfying.

C soco, 3 – 29 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm) £8.50 – 12.50, fpp241.
tw rating 3/5