Phantasmagoria (1 star)

This article is from 2011.


Depressing, lazy and naïvely acted

This glum story about friendship betrayed aims for something moving and grown-up, but isn’t helped by performances that vary from winsome to teeth-grindingly awful (it takes more than pouting, stomping and shouting to represent a child). The lazily episodic structure forfeits both dramatic momentum and emotional involvement, and the dialogue is so clunky you could stub your toe on it.

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  • 1 star

Kit is in hospital, Florrie returns after 7 years and Malone seduces a man who thinks she works in pest control. Phantasmagoria is a new piece that is the winner of the Manchester-In-Fringe Theatre Festival Audience Choice Award 2011. Does friendship mature or freeze you in eternal childhood? Three friends reunite in a…


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