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Killing Bill Gates – Free (Mechanical Tiger Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Tim is a neurotic minor manager in Bill Gates’ charity, scheming to murder him. The main gag is the absurd formality in which his clichéd team (Nice Guy, Chav Psycho, and Bitch) go about it. Unfortunately, the other jokes are just pop name-checks (Fallout 3, Arnie, Plan B, Cheryl Cole), or limp modern hyperbole (violence to kittens and ‘sucking cream from a rectum’). The stage is cramped, so the dialogue relies on stage whispers, with characters who keep ‘secretly’ talking about someone three feet away. There is average choreography, some uninspiring monologue, and a lot of naff porn jokes. Overall, an uneven performance that manages to rush and plod its way to the end.

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters (Maggie’s Chamber), 4 – 28 Aug (not 9, 15, 16, 22, 23), 4.00pm (5.00pm), free, fpp273.
tw rating: 2/5