In a nutshell, everything that could go wrong on stage does in this hilarious comedy.
Embarking on its UK and Ireland tour after an acclaimed run on London’s West End, The Play That Goes Wrong is a play within the play performed by the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. The play in question is Murder at Haversham Manor, a classic whodunit mystery, but as we find out in the introduction this particular society has a pretty bad record on stage so expect plenty of mayhem.
Organised chaos is the phrase that springs to mind after watching the performance. The whole show comes together beautifully with plenty of tricks for the audience to keep them guessing but the all essential humour hits the spot more often than not, with an auditorium constantly roaring with laughter. The show relies upon silly slapstick comedy, if you are not a fan of this, than you probably would not enjoy the show at all. However, for those who do, I would urge you to go and watch it as there is nothing quite like this on the theatrical scene.
I give a special credit to the set team, who had one of the hardest jobs in the whole production (as you’ll see). The set is incredibly adaptable and utilises its space completely. Like the cast and the humour, the set has plenty of surprises but obviously to tell you would ruin it.
The cast were phenomenal. They bounced off each other in quick succession, never once letting the pace fall. Each playing a stereotypical amateur actor you might encounter on stage, giving them their own unique stage presence, enhancing the jokes. The jokes did not tire; yes there was a lot of repetition but with the high energy kept up from the cast and every repetition being slightly different than the one before meant nothing was overkilled.
The production hits the nail on the head when it comes to slapstick comedy, making for one fun-filled, laugh out loud night at the theatre – highly recommend.
The Play That Always Goes Wrong is currently on UK and Ireland Tour.