Clad in crocs and mismatch charity shop finds, a motley crew of village idiots take us on a satirical journey of the Ray of Light cult (although they do promise that it’s not a cult). The comic timing is sharp as hell, particularly from ringleader Mary, played by Alice Bounce. Sue, who would rather die than make eye contact, played by Lydia Hourihan is completely rigid and characterised hilariously. The piece involves full blown audience interaction and we learn a thing or two about the deep dark sins of the spectators, which provides a tantalising and electric atmosphere. It feels like pub theatre at its best.
The ensemble use status well to give each character a certain hierarchy, which often aids the humour between their relationships, and usually results in a family domestic. Simpleton Joseph (Owen Jenkins) catches my eye throughout and is subtlety sublime in his style of comedy. The piece as a whole could be a little tighter and potentially ten minutes shorter, as the attention levels are on the verge of being lost. Oliver Britten plays the demented Moses with bundles of energy and brilliant comedic intuition. The psychotic Woolwich Zoo monologue bought tears of laughter to my eyes. I never thought I’d see a cabbage with fairy wings, but there’s a first for everything and I’m not complaining. An absolute acid trip of a show.
Written by @_FayeButler