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Performers (Performers Ltd)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

London in the 1960s is a hive of different subcultures, and in this new play by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh, community, identity and change are contrasted, as two East End gangsters audition for the arthouse crime film ‘Performance’. Sitting in the auditions office, the two men wait as the director is delayed. As they fill in the silence, the audience is drawn into the minutiae of their daily lives and dramas, until eventually the New Age director’s assistant appears and the men discuss art, temperament and the artistic nature. Intricate set design matches impressive writing to deliver a comprehensive show. Marked by four strong performances and the colourful vernacular of the East End, this is a subtle and attractive piece.

Assembly Rooms, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [James Napleton]