Exterminating Angel – An Improvisation
The Lowry, 20 May 2011
What we have is a dinner party going ever so slightly wrong.
It is an improvisation and so will be performed differently each time, but I expect it will stick to the same basic template: five friends around a dinner table. Here are some thoughts on the performance I saw.
There’s a ludic quality to it, as you might imagine: the characters play with each other and with the audience’s expectations. Another way of saying this: it’s a mind-fuck for all (but pleasant with it).
If you like Sleuth, the Anthony Schaffer play, or the films of Michael Haneke or Dogtooth, a weird Greek film released last year, you’ll love this play, or significant elements of it anyway. In fact, you might wish they’d gone for darker, edgier themes. Perhaps these will be forthcoming in future performances.
An interesting play, superbly performed, entertaining and a wee bit perturbing. Go and see it for… (Ray Winstone’s tones) the experience.
It goes to Ipswich for the Pulse Fringe Festival on 9 June. Details here.