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Down & Out In Paris And London (New Diorama Theatre / PIT / Greenwich Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 23 August 2015

Down & Out in Paris and London

Back in the 1920’s, George Orwell traded Eton luxury for extreme poverty in Paris. Ninety years later, Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee witnessed a comparable situation in London, amidst zero-hour contracts or excessive working hours and a lack of money. This new play from New Diorama Theatre uses minimal props to effortlessly move between each era in two parallel narratives. While the actors adapt to this efficiently, it’s often frantic and our minds are working overtime to chase the storyline – as if it’s trying to pack too much in. The amalgamation of these two homogeneous occurrences makes the overall story an intriguing one, but generally more could be done with it as a theatre show.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kieran Scott]