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Sun 18 Mar, 2018
By Robert Ingham

incredibly funny scenes which will have you falling about with laughter

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There’s a Party going on right here… well, at Above The Stag theatre to be precise. This production, centring around a group of gay friends, is a revival of ATS’s hit from 2016 hit and, fair to say, it’s even better second time around.

The play’s premise is simple. It’s the 90s, and seven friends have finally found a night to get together to play a game called Fact of Fiction (a pimped up version of Truth or Dare) over a few drinks.

Truths spill out, eyebrows are raised and clothes come off. Just your average Saturday night, really.

There’s not that much more to say about the plot, but that’s not important. What you do get is a fluffy, frivolous and frothy evening, swamped with super showtunes. However, right at the core, it has a big heart and is touching without becoming too sentimental.

From ATS’s original, not a lot has changed. The director, Gene David Kirk, returns, as does the majority of the the cast, with only a couple of differences, and this has worked to its advantage. The whole production sees the benefit and the cast feel like friends who have known each other for longer than a rehearsal period.

There are some wonderful moments throughout the production, characters you can relate, lines you want to remember, and some incredibly funny scenes which will have you falling about with laughter.

The whole cast are spot on, from hunky James (Freddie Hogan), naïve Andy (James Farley) and the ever dependable Lucas Livesey (Philip), to flamboyant Brian (Jamie Firth) and cute Peter (Daniel Forrester). The two stand-outs are Sam Goodchild and Ben Kavanagh. Sam has been recast as Kevin, and the role suits him completely. He switches from comedy to drama with ease and the story he tells is very emotional. Ben returns as Ray and delivers some of the best lines with acerbic panache, with some superb facial expressions thrown in for good measure. His rant in the second half is particularly outstanding.

There is something for everyone here – it’s sharp, witty, engaging and very very funny. Get your tickets for the best Party in town, but book them quick as the party ends on 22nd April.


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