REVIEW: 2:22 A Ghost Story at The Criterion Theatre


Who doesn’t love staying up late? Virtually everybody, nonetheless when it’s to search out out what the mysterious footsteps are in your one-year-old daughters’ room and whose voice that belongs to strolling round, all of a sudden it’s not so interesting. 

For Jenny (Laura Whitmore) and her husband Sam (Felix Scott), it’s precisely that. the previous few nights at precisely 2:22 these noises and voices occur repeatedly, so halfway by way of a night of consuming they ask Sam’s good pal Lauren (Tamsin Carroll) and new companion Ben (Matt Willis) to remain and see for themselves to show Jenny Isn’t as loopy as Sam thinks she is.

As we take our seats now we have a couple of minutes to soak up the set, a daring design from designer Anna Fleischle. An previous home with its wallpapers within the strategy of being stripped, but a contemporary showroom kitchen. A pair clearly in mid-renovation. It’s pure and permits us because the viewers to narrate to an on a regular basis couple altering a home they’ve lately moved into. 

The present itself is improbable, it’s expertly written by Danny Robins. It blends simply the correct quantity of hysterical horror and suspense to create a witty piece of theatre with its surprising twist saved until the very finish. We snort together with the humour after which are rapidly caught off guard by the assorted jumps within the scenes. What’s intelligent with the writing is how the time 2:22 is portrayed. As soon as the time is proven on display on the stage, the nearer it will get to 2:22 you start to overthink and assume they’ll be absolute chaos on stage however the occasions that unfold are much more sinister. 

The forged concerned does a exceptional job of being naturalistic and that’s the place the present excels. For giant quantities of time, it’s simply 4 folks having drinks and speaking concerning the paranormal but it by no means will get boring. You virtually start to really feel you’re there with them and going alongside the journey from begin to end. It flows seamlessly and all of the reactions are pure, no level does it really feel like performing apart from probably a number of arguments the place the actions and reactions really feel scripted, apart from that it’s carried out exceptionally effectively. Matt Willis may be very humerus and one to gravitate in the direction of when watching the present.

Director Matthew Dunster has complimented the effective writing with professional route to create a improbable piece of theatre. A night with mates, that begins seemingly innocent and really rapidly turns into way more. Ghost or no ghost, the one factor out of the unusual right here can be you to overlook this present! 

Evaluate by George Butler

Score: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls H13 | Value of Ticket: £65.00


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