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Champ (Artscape and Assembly)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

This South African production centres on three young drama school graduates, forced into the  demeaning job of becoming children’s entertainers. Their dissatisfaction is heightened when an evil child targets them and they decide to retaliate. The strongest moments are those that gently mock the drama school institution, as well as the frantic back-and-forth dialogue that certainly keeps the audience immersed in the action. The trouble with ‘Champ’ is that they take the offensive jokes a little too far. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of toilet humour, but the constant sexist and homophobic banter wore a bit thin. The acting was excellent and the script original, but the overtly aggressive undertones made ‘Champ’ hard to stomach.

Assembly Roxy, until Aug 26 (not 12), 2.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sophie Nicoll]