Reviewed by Ann Durrell
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is the latest offering from Mischief Theatre group who found success with The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The Comedy of a Bank Robbery offers their quick-fire wit, old fashion slapstick and a generous smattering of puns, it is good old fashion fun.
1950’s Minneapolis, in the midst of a crime way, a group of criminals are planning to steal Prince Ludwig’s diamond from the city bank. We meet Mitch (Liam Jeavons) and Cooper (David Coomber) who, after breaking out of prison the two plan to rob the City Bank where the manager Robin Freeboys (Damian Lynch) is the father of Mitch’s sweetheart Caprice (Julia Frith). It’s not smooth sailing as Caprice has fallen for Sam (Sean Casey) son of the bank teller who is romancing Officer Shuck (Killian Macardle). The play is set to a swing/soul acapella sound track performed by the cast, keep an eye out for bank clerk Warren (Jon Trenchard).
The gag o meter must have been working overtime, the number of gags that the writers have crammed in surely must be a record. Quite how the cast mange to keep up with the speed without dropping a beat is a Guinness world record achievement in my opinion. It’s not just the lines that they keep up with, the physical slapstick happens at the same time, if I hadn’t been laughing so much I would have been catching flies mouth open in amazement! There is one scene featuring Mitch, Robin Freeboys and bank clerk Warren that is so quick I think there may have been smoke coming off the stage!
The set designer deserves a medal! The design allows the cast to deliver their slapstick capers in the best possible way, the classic fold up bed gag always goes down well. I think it was the air con tunnels overlooking the vertical bank back office that deserve a standing ovation, I was doubled up laughing throughout the entire scene!
Life can get pretty serious sometimes and I think we all need a bit of Mischief Theatre in our lives! Get your tickets booked and enjoy!
Tickets cost from £20 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is at The Lowry in Manchester from 11-15 September 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000