|Booking From:||Tuesday, 1st May 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th May 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
|Running Time:||1 hour 15 minutes|
There's something lovely about small audiences, an intimacy that an arena-spectacular simply cant deliver. Step 9 (of 12) is perhaps the best example of this that I've ever seen. For a few years now I've yearned to be standing a few feet from Blake Harrison (having fallen desperately in love with his dimwitted Inbetweeners character Neil) and last night my wish came true. What I never imagined, however, is that he'd be portraying a recovering alcoholic with a history of violence. What I imagined even less is that I'd forget completely about Neil and be absorbed into this new character. Harrison is fabulous in his portrayal, with his expressive face perfecting a man on the brink of madness. His co-stars too are incredible actors, creating multi-layered characters full of their own conflictions.
The writing, too, does not fail to deliver. It's slick and darkly funny, and full of the sort of jokes that had the audience biting their lips through their laughter. Harrison's comic timing is, admittedly, reminiscent of his time in the Inbetweeners but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Hayes creates a story that leaves the audience questioning everything from the nature of madness and existence. It is a psychological thriller in the most sophisticated sense.
Go and see it, no, really do go!
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