ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Much Ado About Nothing – The Dogberry Diaries (Spin-Off Theater)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Belying the wealth of ideas present in this retelling of Shakespeare’s play, a rough performance and underdeveloped techniques lets down what could be a fantastic show. Eve Stebbings fills her play with neat staging tricks to facilitate her one-woman show; masks and hats hung on a clothes-line allow her to duck in and out of characters quickly – a novel method that, if done more smoothly, would be impressive. Unfortunately, many of the ideas don’t seem developed to their full potential; assigning different sounds to sections of the audience could have seen her conducting us throughout the play, but once assigned, the idea seemed to be left unused. A charming performer, however; I will be looking forward to next year’s show.

Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant And Arts Venue, 11 – 13 Aug, 10.30am (11.30pm), £6.50, 282fpp.
tw rating 3/5