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Diamond Dick (PaperTape Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Rushed into a bustling 1920s clapperboard film, a director yells orders to her grey-faced cast from behind the audience in this comic homage to the late author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Mini-narratives bleed into one another over the course of an hour as the audience receives a glimpse into the roaring monochrome beauty of the American Jazz Age. It’s pulled together by Diamond Dick, a sexy youngster who wishes to reinvent herself as a dangerous renegade, while the quickstep dialogue and fiery performance sequences dextrously explore social class structures and the hectic New York film industry. While perhaps requiring just a touch more depth, this witty piece deftly rekindles a glamorous and punchy age.

C Soco, 3 – 29 Aug, 7:30pm (8:20pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp255.
tw rating 4/5