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Life Sentence (Beyond The Bridge Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

An excellent new play focusing on friendship, love and death – especially death. The surreal premise starts when a young man is diagnosed with immortality by a terminally distracted doctor, and follows his subsequent struggle to come to terms with life everlasting. Self-pity quickly spirals into funereal high jinks, with a gut-wrenching twist at the end. There’s philosophy (but not in a bad way), puns and plenty of black humour, in a production that is as intellectual as it is comical. However, naturalistic dialogue and understated acting keeps things simple, as does the pared-down staging (the only prop used is a coffin). With this unusually accomplished and polished student play, you’ll be dying for a ticket.

theSpace on the Mile, until Aug 17 (not 11), 9.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Isobel Steer]