Playwright fails to hit heights of acting career in this protracted saga

Elli (Maureen Lipman) and Billy (Oliver Cotton) in Daytona Photo Credit Johan Persson.Actor-turned-playwright Oliver Cotton’s new work poses a problem for reviewers: how much to divulge? It hinges on big revelations, and as much of the meandering two-hour-plus play is interminable preparation for said revelations, it would seem cruel to spoil them, snatching away the ribbon just as you approach the marathon finishing line.

Yet the problem with Cotton’s Daytona is that it takes so long getting to its twists, there’s little time to deal with the fallout, so denying us the meat of the drama. Instead, his set-up has a self-indulgently epic quality that makes Scorsese look positively epigrammatic.

Read my full Islington Gazette review here

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