Playing with Fire at The Hawth Crawley Review

playingwithfirePlaying with Fire
The Hawth, Crawley

8-9 November 2016


Reviewed by Amanda Hayes

Playing with Fire is a series of short plays performed by Pitchy Breath Theatre Company. Pitchy Breath is a community theatre company based in Crawley so this show has a real local edge and from the reaction of the audience some of the actors were well known in the area. We watched the performance in the Studio at the Hawth in Crawley which has an amazing intimate feel and fits perfectly with a small production such as this.

Playing With Fire consists of four short 20 minute plays based on the theme of risk taking. All four themes were very different, three very funny and one far more serious in nature but all are entirely compelling.

Risky Business tells the tale of Napoleon and Myvanwy, a washer woman from Fishguard who saves Wales from a French take over. How does she do it, you need to watch to find out but it’s an intriguing crossover of stories with plenty of humour and superb accents including French, Welsh and American.

Chasing Cars has a sad undertone as unlucky lawyer Hugo, struggles with the both the loss of his business and his girlfriend leaving him. A chance meeting with a no win no fee lawyer sends him down a risky path with disastrous consequences. A full cast of seven plays out the story which had the audience laughing out loud.

That Night is the series performance of the show with three friends setting the scene of a night out. They take in turns to relay the night in question where one of the girl’s boyfriends makes an unwelcome pass on another of the three girls on returning drunk from the night club. Each girl questions the right and wrong of the situation and the passion that its acted out is superb and entirely believable.

The last play of the evening is All Shook Up. Why have Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Spice all been kidnapped from the same lookalike agency and who by? The story plays out to a surprising but hilarious ending, a perfect closure to the evening.

We saw this production at The Hawth in Crawley which is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking. The bar area is comfortable and relaxing and well stocked with both drinks, snacks and ice creams. You can also book a pre-theatre meal making for a fantastic night out.

My husband and I really enjoyed this production from Pitchy Breath Theatre Company and would love to attend any future performances of theirs. A brilliant light hearted evening with a hidden message portrayed by fine acting. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost £10

Playing with Fire is at The Hawth in Crawley until 9 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01293 553636.

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636


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