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Just William’s Luck (Shedload Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 13 August 2017

Naughty schoolboy William Brown and his mischievous sidekicks ‘The Outlaws’ come to the stage as “gnites” armed with bread-knife swords, shoe brush moustaches, and wicked crook puppets, as part of Shedload’s crowdfunded adaptation of the Richmal Crompton novel. Staged in a charmingly shabby barn filled with childish trinkets and misspelt signs, the gang deliver an energetic “play within a play”, animated by magnificently crafted physical theatre and Foley sound effects. Occasionally the performances lack the childlike charm necessary to prevent it from seeming like just a bunch of grown men in tiny uniforms thumping about on stage. However, Violet Elizabeth “wrights” this “rong” after they let her play, lisping her way through a splendidly spoilt performance. Overall, a jolly fine adventure.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Stephanie Stapleton]