ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Outside (Dutch Courage Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Fear is a common feeling we identify with, and phobias can be rational or irrational. There is plenty of scope, therefore, for this ominous exploration of one man’s agoraphobia and the instability that it brings to those close to him. Nevertheless, you cannot help but smile as you watch the devilish interventions of Nick in the (almost) innocent lives of brother Andrew and love interest Lily. Comic timing shows promise, yet an overly wordy script proves tedious. This is reflected in the occasionally stilted acting, but is outweighed by moments showcasing the cast’s potential. Indeed, at its best, the production pins you to your seat and leaves you, like Nick, refusing to go outside during this play.

C soco, 3 – 20 Aug, 1.15pm (2.05pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp287.
tw rating 3/5