Reviewed by Jayne Wiggins
This show was a crack from start to finish, made up of a young cast of 9. Some were making their professional debut, whilst others had a distinguished history within performing arts, yet together they pulled this triumph out of the hat. Each actor held various parts and showed superb adaptability.
It told the story of a fool hardy group of ex-cons, prison guards, and ne’er-do-wells who plan to steal a rather large diamond from a bank. The plot was very simple but complicated by the fact that none of the co-conspirators could keep a secret! The basic plot is comedy classic, but the subplots are what actually makes this show so funny. The final twist of this American based show was both a surprise and inevitable!
This was a very witty script, full of quick-fire quips, witty banter and one liners, along with some very good acapella singing. This made for a side-splitting hilarious evening’s entertainment. The timing and delivery were second to none. Full marks to the cast and writers, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields.
The set was very clever, setting the scene for each and every part of the plot, which was fast moving and frantic at times which made the show even more hilarious. The simplicity of the set was used to full extent by the cast who moved the set as part of the show. My favourite part of the set was the actual robbery using sliding boards to appear to be crawling across a gantry with the back wall depicting the FLOOR of the bank! So we were seeing the bank from above as the robbers were! This in itself made the show hilarious as the slap stick humour using the audience knowledge of this distortion gave more laughs than would have been possible otherwise!
I took my 12-year-old son to see this show and he too found it very funny and thoroughly enjoyable. This show will appeal to a varied audience of adults and children alike. I left the theatre still with a grin on my face. A must see!
I for one will be watching out for the next Mischief Theatre company production.
Tickets cost from £16.90 to £36.90 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 20-24 November 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ