By Chris Hoyle
The Lowry, 30 June 2011
This well-written play focuses on Shirley (played by the wonderful Francine Rees), the lone resident of a street whose other houses are ‘tinned up’ and ready for demolition.
The serious issues arising from this situation are explored, but not too deeply in truth; the powerlessness of ordinary people when faced with property developers and their sheepish councils being pretty much a given. Mainly, this is a character-driven comedy or tragicomedy; and on that score it delivers.
It is convincing, moving, entertaining, human and genuine. Also, every character gets in a good rant and say-so, which is always good to see.
Tinned Up is at The Lowry until Saturday 2 July. Details here.