Cockroached (3 stars)

This article is from 2017


Character driven post-apocalyptic tale

This claustrophobically intimate play is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where a seemingly lone survivor, trapped in a party store, finds contact with another human through a battered radio. Theatre 63 is a new theatre company from the Birmingham School of Acting, and this show bodes well for their future, even if it doesn't particularly stand out from the crowd. A one-person play, with male and female actors swapping roles each performance, the piece is built around a radio conversation, but the gimmick of the colourful party store is effectively used to keep the visuals interesting.

The small DIY-feeling thrust space where the show is performed works well in creating an oppressive and alienating atmosphere. The script is concise and never over-explanatory – references to 'a black sun' and 'those things' are left to the imagination of the audience.

Focused purely on the conversation between protagonist Taylor and the voice on the other end of the radio, the drama becomes a study of one secluded person seeking to make human connection with another. Although not particularly innovative, Theatre 63 stage their piece with confidence, and a sharp enough script, to ably bewitch an audience.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 14 & 21), 2pm, £7.50–£9 (£6.50–£8).


  • 3 stars

Theatre 63 Nearly everyone is dead and Taylor is alone. Their life was fine until they found an orange coat, a radio and a voice on the other end. What follows is a harmful conversation between two people trying to survive both mentally and physically. Performed by two actors who switch roles each night. A…