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Keep on Running review at White Bear London

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The interactions between members of a rock and roll band are often comical to an outsider, hence the success of films such as Spinal Tap and the more recent Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. The latest offering from John Burrows’ Keep On Running attempts a smaller scale view of the inner workings of a band. However, in this case the band are fairly talentless amateurs.

Terry, played by Tim Molyneux, is the stereotypical drummer – the butt of jokes, slightly dumb yet sensitive underneath – and Molyneux creates an interesting, funny, dynamic characterisation. Lawyer Alan, Dominic Geraghty, is a straight-laced, straight-talking, sexist xenophobe and excellent straight man to Paul Kissaun’s guitar-playing David.

Kissaun, a chubbier version of Lenny Kravitz, sometimes takes the light-hearted outlook of the character too far, yet makes up for it during the musical numbers. Phil, played by David Hale, is a skinny version of Eric Clapton but without the enthusiasm. Unfortunately it is often hard to distinguish other characters’ lack of passion from Hale’s.

Each member has their sob story, as does the band as a whole. The occasionally intertwining threads are fairly amusing but tend to become a little overwhelming together. Burrows’ script is tight with some killer one-liners but his direction is a little lacking.

The production is generally entertaining, while the production values leave a little to be desired, making Keep On Running more of a jog.

Production Information

White Bear, London , March 8-20

Author
John Burrows
Director
John Burrows
Producer
Michael Kingsbury
Cast
David Hale, Paul Kissaun, Dominic Geraghty, Tim Molyneux
Running time
1hr 20mins

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