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No Go

If I Go
@Ye Olde Rose & Crown


Expectations: 3/5
Reality Rating: 1/5
Fidget Factor: 0.7

If I Go, We Go

A fork in the road. Trust your Instincts. Follow you heart. Decision making is an art, make the wrong choice and you could be clinging onto regret for years to come. A young man finds himself stuck between career opportunities and his love life. Is home where the heart is?

The first obstacle for this production is in the writing, gag after gag (most of which fall flat), and a bag full of cliches cripple any flow or depth to the story line. These elements hinder the cast and director from making this a successful piece. Jammed with unrealistic stereotypes, there is no justification for the majority of prejudice present, which made for quite an uncomfortable watch at points. Two members of the cast broke out into monologues half way through the second act, partially narrating what we had already just seen – every inch of this play is over explained through the script, no room for connotations or suggestions from body language or pause.

IfIGo2Different areas of set were created from simple twirls of furniture and a nifty use of some ikea storage. Unfortunately some props were a little unprepared – painkillers were popped from a full packet of smarties.

A shining light during this production is Roshni O’Riordan; performing Amira, she gives a subtlety and ease the rest of the show is missing. Unforced and lacking unnecessary wisecracks, this character has been developed to have a charming wit and believable persona. Paris Bailey offers a moment of relief during his comical monologue, picking up a much needed pace. A lot of the dialogue between actors in other scenes are pre-empted and feel a bit more like a reading than a live performance.

Early on in their journey as a company, I hope Proforca will chose a more challenging script to produce next time, which keeps to their company desires of making thought provoking, intimate theatre.

Click for Tix: @Proforca

Time: 1 Hour and 40 mins inc an interval
Running:  4 MAY  16 ► 7 MAY 16

♥ Thank you to @Proforca for the invite


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2 thoughts on “No Go

  • 9th May 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I am afraid I completely disagree with this review, so much so that I am left wondering whether we actually went to watch the same production. I attended the Thursday night performance and the place was sold out and the audience roaring with laughter (including me). For a non-professional production (let’s not forget that this is an amateur theatre company), I thought the quality of writing and acting was excellent. It’s a shame that we are not encouraging the passion and talent displayed but rather simply trying to “play” the nasty critic!

    • 10th May 2016 at 11:02 am

      I devote a lot of my time to supporting new theatre companies. Look further than this single review and you can see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews are given to theatre companies on their debut shows. During my time reviewing fringe and pub theatre I have found some of the best theatre currently in London. This production wasn’t one of them.


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