Seven Ages (3 stars)

This article is from 2013.

Seven Ages

An improvised journey through every life, with plenty of stops for laughs

This theatrical improvisation from Kevin Tomlinson is a series of scenes inspired by each of the seven ages of man, as defined by Shakespeare. Mostly a one-man show (with occasional help from a game assistant or member of the audience), Tomlinson himself is somewhere between a young Robin Williams and a Blue Peter presenter from the 1970s: giggly, genial, daddish and often silly.

He litters the stage with audience suggestions written beforehand on pieces of paper, and will pick one up, mid-scene, to determine what a character will say next. At its best, this leads either to funny incongruity or spooky aptness, and Tomlinson cheerfully lets the suggestions help him on his way through childhood, romantic relationships, the workplace and the troubles of later life. Despite being billed as theatre the show doesn't trouble itself much with conflict or poignancy, and is probably closer to improvised comedy than anything else. It is, basically, a chance to see Tomlinson dress up in daft outfits and have a bit of fun.

Some well-worn improv structures notwithstanding, this is a lively family show that promises especially big laughs for kids.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, 556 5375, until 25 Aug (not 13), 3pm, £10 (£7).

Seven Ages (featuring Kevin Tomlinson)

  • 3 stars

KEPOW! Theatre Company. Hilarious, heart-warming comedy about the seven stages of life! The whole of life, in an hour! From birth - through childhood, love, ambition and wisdom - to growing old disgracefully! Created by and starring Kevin Tomlinson (winner of the Sunday Times Playwright Award) and Abi Hood (The Bill…

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12. Donald Nammer13 Aug 2013, 3:08pm Report

The passive aggression is palpable and unseemly.

I reckon we'd all benefit by moving on from this. The review was positive enough that I might have given it a chance but the performer's confrontation has put me right off.

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