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As engaging as it is extraordinary

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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Above Bored, 'Owdyado Theatre The Acorn, Penzance.

Review by Frank Ruhrmund

HAVING had my weekly fix of television cops and robbers programmes, I felt sure that there would be a strong sense of déjà vu about this production. In the event I couldn't have been more wrong.

'Owdyado Theatre's first psychological drama, devised by the company and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region), it was a highly original piece of theatre.

From its cleverly designed programme to its chilling, business-like police interrogation room within the black and white walls of which everything happened, and all praise to interior designer Alan Munden, it had me fooled from the word go to almost near its end.

The third full-length show this Penryn-based company has staged, written by its co-artistic directors Daniel Richards and Charlotte Bister, who also played its two characters and admit to having been influenced by a variety of sources from Harold Pinter to Douglas Coupland, I have to say that the French writer Jean Genet and his play The Maids also had a fair bit to do with the finished article.

Bearing that in mind, it's with some relief that I can honestly add that, although the two characters in question, Daniel's Jean Taylor and Charlotte's Jenny Davison took me for a ride for most of the production, I had worked out who had "dunnit" shortly before its startling denouement.

While Emma Hardwick and Brett Harvey must also be congratulated for their often very amusing digital marketing of the EvaBond Company, whose manager Graham White appeared to have met a sticky end, it is Daniel and Charlotte who are to be applauded for coming up with a piece of intimate theatre which is as engaging as it is extraordinary.

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