Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: Dead Sheep at the Park Theatre

Dead Sheep
Park Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 2nd April 2015

A backstage political drama delving into what might have been behind Geoffrey Howe's 1990 resignation speech, Jonathan Maitland's play stirs together fun theatrical humour with a historic political event. Maitland suggests Geoffrey's wife, Elspeth, was influential in her husband's decision to resign in the House of Commons.

The first act of Dead Sheep is fast moving and snappy. The comedy is fine tuned to brilliance and the outstanding cast pitch it to perfection. The second act of Ian Talbot's production takes a different turn, but this juxtaposition is interesting in the build up to the conclusion. 

Steve Nallon's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher is quite something; the detail really is remarkable and after the first scene I forgot I was watching a man playing our first female Prime Minister. James Wilby is stellar as Geoffrey Howe whilst Jill Baker is utterly terrific as Elspeth Howe. 

The scenes shared between Margaret and Elspeth (who is more than capable of sticking up for herself) contain some electric moments; some of the one-liners are beyond superb. Nallon and Baker share fantastic chemistry, their spats had me on the edge of my seat.

Dead Sheep brings something different to the table; it is an interesting, entertaining and hugely enjoyable piece.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Dead Sheep runs at the Park Theatre until Saturday 9th May 2015.
Please visit www.parktheatre.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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