4 Noels (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

The 4 Noels of many faces hark from a far off land (well, New Zealand) seeking to bewitch and bedazzle (well, entertain) with a tightly constructed, gothic romp of a comic play (that part’s accurate). In a masterful use of physical comedy the three performers manage to evince a multitude of characters - a megalomaniac, incompetent lackeys, small-minded townsfolk, virgins - each individualised, entrancing and gone too soon.

The hilarity that bubbles throughout threatens to overspill to the actors at points as a particularly malevolent cad tries to crack up his co-stars. Thankfully the student revue feel leaves room for such foreseeable mishaps and slickly incorporates them. A few ropey songs and dated Star Wars references come as welcome relief to overworked laughing muscles in an onslaught of ably designed chaos. This show would also be perfect for kids whose parents can forgive a few naughty words. (Suzanne Black)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug (not 21), 6.50pm, £10.50-£11.50 (£9.50-£10.50).

This article is from 2006.

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