Wardens (2 stars)

This article is from 2013


A sluggish script not elevated by the performances

In this new play by Darren Richman and Garrett Millerick, five people take shelter from a mob rioting over an unspecified cause. As the threat from outside builds, tensions rise within the group and revelations drop like bombs.

Three of the characters are traffic wardens all of whom suffer daily at the hands of the public and approach their jobs with differing degrees of sadism. They are joined by possibly the only other profession to engender less respect – Police Community Support Officer – and a mystery man. Their attitudes to being maligned by society forms the majority of the dialogue and segues into a discussion of society's ills.

Four upholders of bureaucracy arguing in a confined space is about as fun as it sounds. Despite some good one-liners, often delivered by Paul Putner as the curmudgeonly disciplinarian who actually enjoys being a traffic warden, it offers little insight. A sluggish script is not elevated by the performances and the less said about a laborious subplot involving faeces the better.

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 26 Aug, 3.30pm, £12.50–£13.50 (£11.50–£12.50).


  • 2 stars

Schadenfreude Productions Limited. Every 4.6 seconds in Britain a penalty notice is issued and an estimated £700 million is raised every year in parking fines. The people have had enough and they are not going to take it anymore… A small band of traffic wardens are being held hostage following the issuing of the ticket…