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Never Try This at Home - Sheffield Crucible Studio

Published by: Paul Tyree on 19th Mar 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

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Never Try This At Home is one of those rare theatrical events in that it manages to make you laugh but at the same time leaves you completely unsatisfied as a piece of theatre.

Firstly the story or plot, of which there is very little, imagines what might have happened to an imaginary Saturday morning kids show named Sushi,( and for Sushi read Tiswas ).

After one of the cast has an on air breakdown we fast forward to the present where a tv show is trying to reunite the cast in order to discover  what happened in the fateful last broadcast.

The cast it has to be said all perform very well, although at times appear to be enjoying themselves more than the audience.

The company also employ the services of a local school band who play a couple of 3 minute instrumentals which seem to go on forever, are completely irrelevant in terms of the plot, therefore boring the backsides off the audience.

This has all the hallmarks of a newly devised piece of theatre. It feels 20 minutes too long and could really do with the help of a script editor.

Coupled with this is the fact that the plot doesn't really go anywhere or answer the questions' that are set up.

With all that being said it is consistently funny throughout with several marvellous set pieces. It does however all feel a little pointless and an exercise in giving several decent performers something to do.

Running until Sat 22nd March

Wed 19 Mar 7:45pm   £15.50* Book Tickets
Thu 20 Mar 7:45pm   £15.50* Book Tickets
Fri 21 Mar 7:45pm   £18.50* Book Tickets
Sat 22 Mar 2:30pm   £15.50* Book Tickets
Sat 22 Mar 7:45pm   £18.50*


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Oh, sounds about as entertaining as a cream pie to the face, Paul. :D
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