The Wake (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

The Wake

A nifty, audience-aware caper

Recreating his father’s wake, impressionist David does his whole family, his wife does them differently, and they both do each other in a bid to find out who ‘did’ Alison. Jonathan Brittain’s award-winning student comedy is a nifty, audience-aware caper riffing on dramatic conventions and constructions of identity. Playful and knowing, the ride is exhilarating but over too abruptly.

Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, until 28 Aug, 8pm, £7 (£5).

The Wake

  • 3 stars

'My name is Sir James Michael Hillary Duncan, and I'm dead!' A breakneck, rollercoaster comedy about love, loss and lies. Alec only knows who he is when he's pretending to be somebody else, whether it is his dead father, one of his neurotic relatives or an unexpected gatecrasher... But when everyone is playing a part, how…