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Punchline (Grist to the Mill)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

Punchline’ is simply not very funny. This is ironic, not really because it is billed as a comedy, but because the subject matter of the play debates what it is to be funny, constantly referencing our protagonist’s lack of skill as a comedy writer, and asking why he would even want to be a comedian. ‘Punchline’ does benefit from little bits of well written natural dialogue, but primarily its strength is in its dramatic moments and a rather thought provoking conclusion, which again rather ironically displays the strenuous effects and difficulty of comedy writing. Not funny enough to be comedy, full enough to be drama, but not an effective enough mix of the two to find a comfortable middle-ground.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, until 24th Aug (not 18), 1.05pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Otamere Guobadia]