Number, Please. (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Number, Please.

An hour of amusing acting, good physical roles, and overall ridiculousness

Playing with physical theatre, regular eradication of the fourth wall, farcical characterisation and genius scene changes, this is an often hilarious tale of a phone operator who suddenly finds herself caught up in the midst of an international, war-related spy plot. The star of this show is undoubtedly the committed performances from the entire cast. The train chase climax is a moment to behold, and deserves a special mention: a great example of comedic theatre.

The speed of the narrative is primarily a real bonus, as the audience are swept along with the chaos and lunacy. However, towards the end, reveals and twists get somewhat lost and it becomes increasingly tricky to follow the plot. Whilst this doesn't matter all that much, it is a shame.

Newspaper instructions to the audience and regular manipulations of typical theatre conventions – such as referring to the plot on stage, and some funny, shameless social media promotion half-way through the action – work effectively, and pull the audience into the silly joke.

An hour of amusing acting, good physical roles, and overall ridiculousness. Number, Please is worth a visit!

theSpace on North Bridge, until 25 Aug, 8:05pm, £6 (£5).

Number, Please.

  • 3 stars

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