The People Show 121

people_showPeople Show is Britain’s longest surviving alternative theatre company, debuting in 1966, and the joy of their 121st outing is its unabashed, old-fashioned entertainment.

This zany lampooning of the whodunit takes pot shots at everything from Agatha Christie and Taggart to Prime Suspect and even Cluedo, and if some gags miss the mark, there are still more than enough in this packed 70-minute sketch show to satisfy.

The comic layering offers two options: if you tire of the music hall farce, with its mime, slapstick and daft disguises, there’s also a barbed post-modern thread, as Gareth Brierley’s unctuous narrator breaks the fourth wall to reveal backstage tensions and deconstruct theatrical conventions. If you ever wondered about the gulf between programme notes and the actual content of a play, he has the answer.

Read my full Islington Gazette review here

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