An evening dinner party amongst close friends provides comedy, drama and plenty of surprises.
The friends begin jovial, but after just one joke disagreements, resentment and sibling rivalry surface. The civilised evening soon ends up being a drink fuelled evening, airing some home truths.
The show is well written, unpredictable and it also builds to a big surprise for both the characters and the audience. The comedy helped maintain the pace of the show, providing many laughs and it also helps to balance the tension. All five characters were well suited to their roles, delivering strong acting and comedic performances.
The play includes Vincent, played by Inbetweeners Joe Thomas and Peter, played by Miranda Bo Poraj. There was also Carl, played by Alex Gaumond, Elizabeth, played by Emma Carter, and Anna, played by Louise Marwood. The friction between the characters felt realistic and tense. One of the highlights of the evening was a particularly exaggerated outburst by the character Elizabeth, Emma Carter, showing a woman pushed to the edge.
After an evening of arguments, snipes and surprises, will the firmly close family and friends be able to survive afterwards?
Joe Thomas acts as narrator at the beginning and the end, setting up the story and drawing it to its conclusion. The set (the inside of a house), was impressive and realistic, with atmospheric lighting that flicked from the warmth of a lounge to a spotlight on Thomas as he shared his asides.
It felt as though the audience had been invited to the evening dinner party and we watched the awkward events unfold.
What’s In A Name? is an easy watch, full of tension and laughs.
What’s In A Name? plays at The Alexandra until 14 March
Love Midlands Theatre
Sharing the latest theatre news and reviews around the Midlands.