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Mock Tudor (by Lily Bevan)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

If only Henry VIII’s court was really this charmingly hapless and silly. ‘Mock Tudor’ follows a group of historical re-enactors, trying desperately to save their jobs from Google and the “future of the past”. The script is witty, sharp and an endless buzz for any history buffs in the audience. Will Rastall as Sam and Sophie Bleasdale as Jess are wonderfully awkward in their courtship, with Bleasdale especially putting in an endearing performance with grace and ease. It is, however, writer, director and actor Lily Bevan’s Katherine of Aragon who gets the biggest laughs in the show, showcasing what a brilliantly talented comedian she truly is. ‘Mock Tudor’ is a sweet (but bonkers!) ode to history and history lovers everywhere.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]