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The Swell Mob (Flabbergast Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

It’s rare to find shows that really commit to blurring the lines between audience and performer, making you forget you’re watching a show altogether, as they transport your imagination to another dimension. Down to the depths of a dingy Victorian taproom – also known as the basement of the Assembly Rooms – you make your own journey guided by the inhabitants of this seedy, depraved world. Along the way, we encounter every gothic character imaginable, from harlots to mystics, and gamblers to puritanical maidens, who, we’re told, have a ‘dark past’. It’s all very sinister, made only more foreboding by a man lurking around with the creepy puppet that no one dares talk about. At times, you can feel a little in the dark, but delve deeper, and you will find that everybody has a story to tell, even if those stories do come at a price.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amy Bonar]