Spray (3 stars)

This article is from 2019


Cho-in Theatre Company from Korea bring their unique blend of madness

A satirical, at times Kafka-esque allegory about stress, anger and how revenge can backfire, Spray is a cartoonish tangle of physical theatre, 3D projection and dance, directed with verve by Park Chung-euy.

When the central protagonist, an eccentric 'otaku' man, snaps in the pressure cooker of the city, he becomes obsessed with stealing people's mail after receiving a mysterious package by accident. A chain of crazy incidents unfold and he learns not to poke at his neighbours.

There's a superb ensemble at the heart of this, who swap roles easily, but the central conceit itself runs out of steam early on. However, it's a wildly inventive kaleidoscope for the eyes, massively good fun, with macabre interludes, and the talented company keep up the sugar-rush energy levels right up to the final curtain call.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug 2.30 pm £14 (£13).


  • 3 stars

Cho-in Theatre Company – Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd A darkly comedic social satire with innovative staging and colourful physicality. Exhausted by his job and his noisy neighbour keeping him up at night, the man in apartment 709 picks up a parcel for 109 by mistake. The possibility of keeping the parcel awakens…