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Helmsman Pete: Postcards From The Edge Of The World! (Tar Pit)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

If there’s a prize for the production with the most props and sound effects, this must surely win it. This is a complicated piece in which Helmsman Pete, who communicates via spoken verse and song, tells a story about a boy in a well who writes stories on postcards which various birds carry to Pete, who then acts out or sings them. Got that? Good. The Helmsman gives it his all, but ultimately there’s far too much going on – lots of loud noises and quite a lot of leaping about – and I wasn’t always sure why. By the end I felt exhausted and confused; why were there so many birds at the bottom of a well? Answers on a postcard please.

Underbelly, 4 – 28 Aug (not 16), 5.15pm (6.15pm), £8.50 – £10.50, fpp268.
tw rating 2/5