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Tobacco Road (Incognito Theatre Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

There’s more than a touch of ‘Peaky Blinders’ to Incognito’s ‘Tobacco Road’ (the gang even gets namechecked at one point). The script similarly plucks gangsters from history, exploring their lives through a Guy Ritchie-esque filter, and it is hugely effective. The performances are staggeringly physical, the spectacularly choreographed dance and fight sequences making remarkably effective use of the space, fists and feet flying over the audience’s heads. Beneath the spectacle, the living, breathing characters exude depth and complexity, all powerfully conveyed by the talented – and presumably very fit – cast. The only slightly sour note was a lack of closure at the climax; I would have liked a little more resolution to this otherwise excellent tale.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]