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Louise Reay: Hard Mode (Louise Reay / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Wednesday 23 August 2017

This show will certainly defy expectations. It’s part comedy, part commentary on censorship and control, with a focus on the situation in China. Louise Reay presents a scenario in which the Chinese government have bought the BBC, and the audience is subjected to their versions of the nation’s favourite television programmes. Whilst comedy plays a part in the performance, there is a wider message, presented effectively when Reay gets the audience involved in ‘Question Time’. Stranger aspects include a conversation between Reay and renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, as well as the team of government enforcers keeping the audience in order. Overall, this is a unique approach – a mix of comedy, political commentary and immersive theatre that is definitely thought-provoking.

The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lewis Frain]