THEATRE REVIEW: The Play Wot I Wrote at Sheffield Lyceum

THEATRE REVIEW: The Play Wot I Wrote at Sheffield Lyceum

By Michele Vincent | 02/03/2022

THEATRE REVIEW: The Play Wot I Wrote at Sheffield Lyceum

 

WITH the world in such a sad and worrying state just now, I was sure that some comedy would provide welcome light relief.

And this was, indeed, the case with The Play What I Wrote.

Written by Sean Foley, Hamish McColl and Eddie Braben, the show has been providing chuckles a-plenty for more than 20 years.

It is described as “a celebration of Morecambe and Wise and an irreverent and farcical exploration of the nature of double acts in general”.

The show’s title is drawn from one of the famous double act’s catchphrases.
 
Directed by Sean Foley, it features Dennis Herdman and Thom Tuck as the two halves of a double act and Mitesh Soni in various roles throughout.

All three give their all, throwing themselves — quite literally, on occasion — into their performances.

For all this, the first act did not quite seem to hit the mark, despite the jokes coming thick and fast.

The slapstick action, with the performers being hit on the head, falling off walls and so on, was sometimes a little repetitive and the jokes repeated possibly once too often.

But the second act, complete with a big name mystery guest as was the case in the Morecambe and Wise Show, worked much more successfully.

It would most definitely be a spoiler alert to name the actor, but suffice to say that they are a household name.

The one liners are frequent and there are quite a few double entendres, with the action moving on apace, featuring a play within a play, A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple, set in the Bastille.

And the anticipated joy was increased with the familiar sounds of Bring Me Sunshine echoing around the auditorium.

All the cast enter into the spirit of the show with gusto and cannot be faulted for their enthusiasm and spot on timing.

The set should get a mention, too, for providing some of the laughs — intentionally, I hasten to add.

Herdman put me in mind of John Cleese, complete with several nods to the Ministry of Silly Walks.

He and Tuck provide a good likeness of Morecambe and Wise and the play is an affectionate tribute to them, providing comedy along with nostalgia.

All in all, if you feel like some comic escapism for a couple of hours then you could do worse than head to the Lyceum and enjoy some rib tickling.

The Play What I Wrote is at the Lyceum until Saturday.

 



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