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The Prawn King (I Dilenttanti)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

An apparent piece of Commedia dell’Arte, ‘The Prawn King’ is a comedic halfway-house, a mish-mash, an insert-your-own-mixed-up-analogy-here. Never quite funny enough to be hilarious, well acted enough to be captivating, long enough to be boring or short enough to be snappy, it treads a very thin line between amusing and annoying. The problem lies in both the over-acting and the sheer volume of jokes: with little pause between each witticism, the audience has no time to digest them. We quickly become saturated by the gags, though that’s not to say the show doesn’t have potential. It has some cracking lines, it just needed a tightened script or a longer slot to stop them becoming lost in the frenzied fever of the piece.

theSpace on the mile, until 10 Aug, 1.10pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Joseph Trotter]