There's something quite old fashioned about The Play That Goes Wrong, but that does not make it any less enjoyable.
As the title suggests this is a play where everything goes wrong. We watch as the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to stage a production of mystery The Murder at Haversham Manor, with disaster after disaster unfolding on stage. The fictional drama is irrelevant here, this is one that's about action over deep meaningful dialogue.
As the crowd filed into the auditorium, many of the cast were already in place and attempted to get the audience involved with some pre-curtain participation. This may not have been as successful as they would have hoped, but once the production began formally the whole theatre was engaged. There is plenty of breaking the fourth wall; the audience are included as active participants rather than just observers of the action.
The physical comedy in this production is hugely impressive, and the cast do an incredible job with the timing, the choreographed action and they play well off each other throughout the play. There are things dropping from the sky, props falling off walls, lines being fumbled, everything you would expect from a disaster am-dram play. There were points where scenes felt dragged out, especially during the first act, but on the whole it was an excellent production that had the audience roaring with laughter.
This won't be for everyone, if you're not a fan of slapstick this certainly isn't for you. It's an enjoyable evening of comedy that makes for a good night out.
The Play That Goes Wrong runs in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in July 1st. For tickets visit the BGET website.