When I was kindly invited to review this show, I read the synopsis and laughed out loud!
Well, it’s not totally hilarious, it’s not actually funny at all, it’s actually rather sad, but if you can think of the scenarios that may come about as Eris (Cormac Elliot) exacts his revenge during his sister’s wedding with the help of the cunning Calista (Ashling O’Shea) you won’t be able to rub your hands whilst smiling at the sweet thought of revenge ?
OK, let me start at the beginning,
Eris’ sister, Sinead (Katherine Laheen) is getting married and his mother (Clare McGrath) suggests that it’s probably best that his boyfriend stays away from the main event as his Aunty and Nana won’t be able to cope with him being ‘gay’.
Eris is totally horrified but has his own issues with his relationship, unknown to his family.
His best friend Calista comes up with a way to make his family pay for being ashamed of him and suggests he finds the most inappropriate +1 to accompany him at Sinead’s wedding.
Have a listen to what the writer, John King and the cast have to say about the play.
It was magical and I loved it!
Here are the reasons why;
It was so minimal, just a black open space with about 4 microphones, 5 chairs at the edge of the performance space, but somehow we were transported from living room sofa to cafe’s, Kings Cross station and Ireland all with no set – like magic, just how theatre is supposed to be – bliss! (Fantastic direction from Robbie Taylor-Hunt)
The Story Theme & Actors
All of them are so talented and totally hilarious – how they kept straight faces whilst performing the amazing script is the sign of true professionalism – apart from Eris, I was in stitches most of the time Mum and Calista spoke ?
I was absolutely terrified of the elusive “Aunt Bev”!
The themes covered in this show include;
- Relationships (family, romantic & polygamy)
These are all explored within the text in a humorous way.
The score is fantastic and is the icing on top of a very delicious cake, expect everything from Britney Spears to Sinead O’Connor and Musical Theatre.
I loved this show and hope to see it again in the future.
Well done to all the cast and crew who brought so much magic to this play.
See below for ticket details;
VENUE: The Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street London, SE1 1RU