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Bite The Bullet (Sandy Nelson / The Assembly Rooms)

By | Published on Saturday 24 August 2013

In a nostalgic play which demonstrates the fatality of courting fame, our crooning protagonists displayed a delightful chemistry – an exasperated Carl (Sandy Nelson) and the rubber-faced Les (Keith Warwick) in turn keeping each other’s whimsies down to earth with charming rapport. Warwick in particular drew empathy and belly laughs in equal measures; however there were moments when the pair’s characterisation felt more like a parody of teenage-hood than a representation – and while the audience enjoyed the comedy of the caricatures, it was sometimes difficult to believe the performance. Kirstin Maclean delivered an engaging narrative, effortlessly shifting between supporting characters. A marvellously scripted hour of chuckles, tears and moving moments, strung together by gorgeous acoustic duets, this is one to look out for.

The Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug, 2.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kate Pasola]