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Not The Horse (Naughty Corner Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 29 August 2015

Not The Horse

Half way through this crime-comedy, the penny drops: this has a striking resemblance to Guy Ritchie’s film ‘Snatch’. We don’t have Jason Statham here, we don’t have Jews, but we do have “pikeys”. When twenty-something Scouser Tony finds himself in the dirt, after losing an illegal horse race, he tries various methods to pay the £250,000 back to London gangsters. It’s a busy hour, with a gigantic cast in four different sub-plots. It isn’t confusing, it’s just quite unnecessary. The “pikey” storyline doesn’t add anything and, while the play describes itself as a comedy, some moments are clearly just attempts to get laughs out of the audience, but with little success. However, the plot surrounding Tony is attractive and offers glimpses of hilarity.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kieran Scott]