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Fat Christ

Published Thursday 6 March 2008 at 15:05 by Jeremy Austin

If ever there was an example of a play in need of a good sub-editor, Fat Christ by Gavin Davis at the King’s Head is it.

Davis has a strong ear for dialogue and an understanding of the dynamics of relationships between various people - mates, lovers, warring couples. But he also has a tendency to over-indulge this skill.

Fat Christ would make a perfectly acceptable hour-long Edinburgh show. As it is, scenes stretch into tedium and the plot grinds to a halt.

It is a shame, because at the heart of this comedy is a good play that is superbly cast, excellently acted (for the most part) and directed with as much spark as the script allows.

Jack Taylor plays, erm, Jack Taylor, a dreamer who has turned those dreams into two successful companies and one catastrophically unsuccessful film/play venture. He is recovering from this in a remote, rented cottage with his understanding but long-suffering wife Lily, played by Jennifer Matter. Both are well cast and bring an effortlessness to their acting, aided by well-drawn characters. Kate Moss lookalike Matter, in particular, has an engaging matter-of-factness that enables her character to cruise through the production.

Also good is Taylor’s best friend, the womanizing, coke-snorting commercial estate agent Dick, played by Tim Downie. He and Taylor have a matey rapport that seals the structure of the play.

Abi Titmuss, playing his wife, is left with the least-constructed character and struggles to find any substance. There is a sense that given the right part, she would be able to offer more. Alas, this is not that role.

Production information

King's Head, London, February 26-March 23

Author:
Gavin Davis
Director:
Heather Simpkin
Producer:
GDA Theatrical Productions
Cast:
Jack Taylor, Jennifer Matter, Tim Downie, Abi Titmuss
Running time:
2hrs

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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