ED2016 3/5 Reviews ED2016 Theatre Reviews

Escape From The Planet Of The Day That Time Forgot (Company Gavin Robertson)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016

Escape From the Planet Ed2016

It’s exactly what you’d guess from that title. In this fun, silly pastiche of sci-fi adventure serials, a professor, his plucky lab assistant and his young ward head out to space on a grand adventure, their rocket remarkably resembling an ironing board. Drawing on classics of the sci-fi genre (and, for whatever reason, Norse mythology), the show’s dialogue zips along at about six jokes-per-minute, leaning heavily on the flimsy fourth wall. This is the show’s strongest card – it’s no coincidence that the weakest moments are the lengthy mimed ‘action’ sequences, which in the performance I attended caused noticeable dips in the laughter. Luckily, the committed performances of the talented and impressively game cast generally rescues things.

Assembly Roxy, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]