Brains, 1 Star

Brains
11th to 14th Jan 2017
Theatre N16

WARNING: ‘BRAINS’ contains strong language, scenes of violence and drug use, awkward romantic encounters and the wrath of an undead scientist.

In the not so distant future humanity has fallen victim to a disease, turning people into flesh craving, drooling, rotting versions of themselves. However, the clichéd disease spells good news for one company – business is booming at MediBite Inc., where sales of their drugs and medical products have shot through the roof.

After waking himself up with his daily cocktail of drugs, Harry, the money obsessed manager, does his best to keep his terrifying CEO, Ursula, happy, while also keeping his eye on his niece and apathetic new intern, Tina. Meanwhile, accountant and hopeless romantic Jeff shows skeptical new salesman, Rosie, around the office…. However, everything changes when smug scientist Stuart finds a cure for the disease that has ravaged the world.

Thick & Thin Theatre are a young company based in London, founded in 2016 by Cameron Szerdy, Tom Spencer & Jack Dent.  They enjoy creating theatre that’s funny, fast paced and tinged with irony; taking everyday settings and injecting them with a generous helping of the absurd; and above everything else, they aim to make people laugh.

Review by Richard Lambert, 1 Star *
Who doesn’t love a Zombie story? Well this one has a little kick in it and a whole lot of laugh out loud comedy!
The premise is a pandemic disease that sets MediBite Inc into high profits. With an imminent cure within MediBite it falls to the scientist to test the serum while the CEO wants to hush the news – preferring profits over cure. The Intern has unfortunately already tweeted……triggering events of mob invasion, murder and Zombie attack!

What’s not to love!

The Costumes and Sound Effects do their role, however the Set is just a few Chairs and a foldaway trestle table. The table has a couple of items to distinguish it between the new girl’s office and the manager’s office – and that’s it! Even the set change is more workshop than performance. The lights fade on or off – 2 at the side and 1 at the front. Unfortunately this doesn’t really work.

This is a fun show with a good concept but it unfortunately lacks production values.

Harry the Manager

Ursula the CEO

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

Director/Playwright        Cameron Szerdy

Cast
Aidan Parsons
Aine Nettleton
Jack Dent
Stephanie Overington
Jo Mance
Tom Spencer
Sophie Nethercott

Producer                             Cameron Szerdy, Tom Spencer & Jack Dent for Thick & Thin Theatre

Performance Dates         January 11th – January 14th 2016
Wednesday – Saturday, 9.30pm

 

Venue                                  Theatre N16, The Bedford Pub, 77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD

Ticket Price                         £14 (£10 concessions)

Box Office                           Ticketsource (ticketsource.co.uk/event/156645)

Travel                                    Balham station (2 min walk
Streatham Hill station (20 min walk)

Website (thickandthintheatre.com)

Twitter (twitter.com/thickandthin16)

Facebook (facebook.com/thickandthintheatre)

www.theatren16.co.uk / +44 7969138899 / theatren16@gmail.com

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