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Upper Lip (Broken Holmes Productions)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

At first glance, this daft drawing room comedy looks like an unassuming farce in the style of Jeeves and Wooster. Under the surface, though, its something altogether smarter and more satisfying. Naturally, it follows an upper class twit and his loyal butler, and theres all the wry asides and manic scheming youd expect. However, as their life of leisure unravels, a series of unlikely twists leave the audience in fits of laughter and seriously wrong-footed. Its performed with real spark, setting off an already fizzing script that neatly balances jolly hockey-sticks hi-jinks with spot-on social satire. An offbeat collision of P. G. Wodehouse and Karl Marx, this is surprising, smart and very silly.

theSpace on the Mile, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]