The Bench by Keir McAllister : - Watch this Space Productions 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 08, Aug 2018
It is not often that I review theatre pieces during the Fringe but when there is a comedy alumni of award winning comics such as writer Keir McAllister, Paul Sneddon, aka Vladimir McTavish as the actors and Jojo Sutherland directing the play then there is a fair chance that there are going to be a lot of laughs around, so why not take it in.
A simple set, a memorial bench for Maggie. Sandy, Sneddon, lays flowers in a specific location. Enter Joe, McAllister obviously not in the best fettle moves flowers and sits down. Much to the annoyance of Sandy. Disputes, heated arguments and more are developed as the storyline peels back the layers of these slightly disturbed, somewhat complex characters.
As always with Keir McAllister plays they are well written, with intrigue and laughs liberally threaded throughout the production. Both Sneddon and McAllister play their roles with skill and credibility and the most is made of the somewhat limited performing space by the direction of Ms Sutherland.
The show is already doing well in audience figures terms as it certainly deserves to, so book early is my advice. Oh and one other thing, it’s probably a good idea to sit near the front if you can, sight lines are not perfect towards the back.
Reviewed by Geoff
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre Attic
14.15 to 15.15
Until 26th (not 20th)