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Lethal Injection (Five One Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Four death-row inmates spend their final days discussing the murders that led them there. It’s an interesting set-up, unfortunately spoiled by multiple plot holes and inconsistencies. The play hinges on the only female character, a prison guard-cum-executioner, who – for reasons not entirely clear – constantly interrogates the men about the motives behind their crimes. Her character makes very little sense, as do large parts of the men’s back stories – for example, why is a drunk-driver only arrested after his sixth separate fatal collision? Though well-staged, the performances are occasionally wooden and hammy in equal measure, and it is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is.

C eca, 3 – 29 Aug, 3.30pm (4.30pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp274.
tw rating 2/5