Review: Getting Out

Mimi ON May 07, 2009 AT 12:47 pm

The Lion and the Unicorn

The Lion and the Unicorn

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre can be found above a traditional boozer (of the same name) located in the back streets of Kentish Town and regularly presents new contemporary plays written by some of the UK’s newest playwrights.  One such writer is Sarah Henley and “Getting Out” is her first play.  This likeable and entertaining plot focuses on the London staff of a transatlantic law practice which is experiencing the unfortunate effects of credit crunch Britain and with many of the characters having their own personal dilemmas in and around ‘the office’ we were, much to our delight fast approaching a farcical situation comedy.

Getting Out

Getting Out

The hard working cast of six kept this physical comedy moving throughout the one act performance, playing eleven characters in total.  From the likeable yet gritty receptionist ‘Tina’ pining for a new career and a better boob job played by Shamaya Chalabi to the Feng Shui confused Head Partner of the firm ‘John’ played by Timothy Knightley.  All of the actors gave themselves, successfully attaining the audiences consideration from the off.  Although perhaps at times there was an aggressive undertone which really wasn’t required and didn’t necessarily support each of the characters personal bête noir or reasoning for their helpless situation.  Perhaps this could have been forgiven considering the intimate venue where a black box theatre set allowed for only a minimal amount of props and a whole lot of raw acting talent.

Getting Out Cast

Getting Out Cast

Ms Law Ballard, “Bev” was one actor who did seem to manage her character with consistency and should be applauded for not succumbing to the temptation of grabbing a quick laugh at the expense of others.  Bev is essentially a frustrating character to watch and yet it was intriguing to see how she gained our sympathy and indeed how Ms Bollard was able to gently pull back the pace and allow others to claim the big punch line. 

As a whole we watched with intrigue as the storyline developed and we wondered how much was anecdotal or whether the writer Sarah Henley had taken only inspiration from such events during her early career working in a private practice law firm.  Either way “Getting Out” entertained and we should give our thanks to Director, Francis Watson and Physical Director, Gillian Foley for their hard work in clearly establishing the characters from the start.

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
‘Getting Out’ by Sarah Henley
42-44 Gaisford Street
Kentish Town
London NW5 2ED
Theatre Telephone 0207-485-9897

21st April – 9th May Tues-Sat 7.30pm
Sunday Matinees 4.30pm

Ticket booking via www.ticketweb.co.uk  / 08444 77 1000
Or via www.offwestendtheatres.com / 0871 594 3123
Direct Theatre Enquiries Telephone 0207-485-9897

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

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