I’m back today with another theatre review, for The Play That Goes Wrong, which surprisingly actually isn’t a musical. Mischief theatre company has intrigued me for a while, so when Bristol Hippodrome invited me tao their press night* I knew that I had to see it, and I am so glad that I did.
What is The Play That Goes Wrong?
The Play that Goes Wrong is exactly what it says on the tin, focusing on a theatre group that are putting on a murder mystery that goes hilariously wrong. We watch through (Purposefully) terrible acting, characters getting knocked out and replaced mid-scene, the set falling apart, the lighting and music going wrong, while they push on regardless. It was quite similar to a pantomime with its audience interaction and high level of slapstick comedy. However, it’s a lot less cheesey.
I’m not the biggest fan of live comedies, but I loved this, inside and out. The typically British nature of the jokes, and the metatheatricality of it all made this something special and unique. There were so many levels to this production and at the same time it was easy to enjoy as a simple lighthearted comedy.
Highlights for me included the chaos that ensued at the end, the moments involving Robert having to ensure the phone in spite of the set falling apart, and every scene that involved Trevor the sound engineer. I honestly cannot sing the praises of The Play that Goes Wrong enough. I am completely in awe of Mischief Theatre Company and want to see everything that they do (I’ve already sorted out when I’m going to see the touring production of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – one of their other works).
I couldn’t help but think about the immense talent and planning that it would take to put on a production like this. Yes, everything has to “go wrong”, but it should all be going wrong at specific times, and ensure that the actors remain safe on stage. In some ways, the play that goes wrong only functions correctly if everything goes exactly to plan, and I admired that, a lot. That stage literally fell apart in front of our eyes, and I have no idea how they do it every night, but I’m a big fan.
I get a program whenever I go to a piece of theatre because I collect programs. However, this is the first time I genuinely am telling you to go pick up a program. The program retains the same level of metatheatricality, providing it’s own entertainment and procing that this play just keeps on giving, even after it’s over.
If you have the chance to see it, please do! It’s showing in the West End regularly, touring in Bristol until Saturday 21st July 2018, and then the tour continues to make its way around the UK! You can check the dates out here.
If you can get a ticket, I strongly recommend. I may not be the biggest fan of live comedy, but the Play That Goes Wrong definitely went right in my books.
Have you seen it? Are you planning to? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
*DISCLAIMER* This review is not sponsored, but I was given a complimentary ticket to see this show. However, that does not affect the integrity of my review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own and I always work to keep my reviews genuine and honest.