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Death Ship 666 at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Published by: Edmée Sierts on 28th Nov 2013 | View all blogs by Edmée Sierts

Michael Clarkson, (Rich Man) Anna Morris (Rich Lady) Carrie Marx (Holly Hobby), Andrew Utley (The Captain), Mattias Penman (The Architect), his hair, Rachel Parris (Grandma)

It is time to weigh anchor, hoist the main sail, find that there is no sail because you are on a steam ship and try very, very hard not to be embarrassed about your lack of knowledge of the nautical arts. Luckily, no actual sailing is involved as all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the tour of the magnificent Death Ship 666.

The play centres around a young woman, married to, shall we say, a rather strange technician who seems too busy plotting to get her pregnant. Of course, as luck would have it, a young architect falls head over heels in love with her and she soon figures out that she feels the same way. During their chaotic romance, two rich people are hatching an evil scheme, a young girl is trying her best to solve a mystery and a tour guide is desperately trying to finish her tour. Oh, and did I mention the American tourists, the builders trying to finish the ship after it's already left the harbour and the woman on board who is scared to death of drowning? I hadn't? Oh. Well, I did it just now so that's good at least.

One of the first things I noticed about the production is that the pace is extremely high. This is a good thing since it suits the nature of the story, which seems quite happy with the thought of throwing as many characters at you as is possible without confusing you entirely. Very often, said characters are running from one side of the stage to the other, maybe stopping once or twice to deliver some lines into the audience with the pinpoint precision of a gun firing shots. In some cases, they get together to form part of the stage as props. The stage itself is pretty minimal, but considering the nature of the performance and the size of the Jermyn Street Theatre, this is a very sensible state for the stage to be in. It should be said that the production doesn't need a lot of dress up either, since the entire feel of it comes from the dynamic performance of the actors, who wear their characters like coats they've owned since forever.

Mattias Penman (The Architect), his hair, Rachel Parris (Grandma). Photo by Simon Annand

Speaking of the actors, I definitely want to mention that their timing is excellent and their dynamic wonderful to watch. At the risk of sounding shallow, I often found myself somewhat mesmerised by the nature of Mattias Penman's hair, although I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one. Of course, this also says something about the nature of the production and the simplicity of the costumes in general. The swaps between the various characters, and believe me when I say that there are many, is fluent and believable because of this very simplicity, and the dialogue is witty, fast paced and has some wonderful pop culture references. I would gladly share them with you, but that would spoil the surprise so I won't.

Needless to say, Death Ship 666 is definitely worth seeing and I would recommend it to anyone with a funny bone and those in need of one. Thank you for taking the tour. Brochures are available near the exit and the special Death Ship 666 merchandise can be found in duty free.

Death Ship 666

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Cracking review, Edmee. National tour, please!? Make sure you come to Glasgow!
  • Edmée Sierts
    by Edmée Sierts 4 years ago
    It's definitely a good city to take the play to. I lived there for two years. :D
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