Totally Practically Naked in My Room on a Wednesday Night review at Tristan Bates Theatre London
A new comedy by Rikki Beadle-Blair offers the rather unsurprising notion that children today are much more liberal in regard to sex than their parents could ever be while the parents obviously know better.
Played as a farce, a group of teenage friends discuss sex, masturbate and cringe at the behaviour of the older generation. Overflowing with issues and tissues, the script has moments of hilarity, generally provided when the farce is allowed to flow but it seems to have far too literate a voice for the characters presented.
Joel Dommett as the tortured bi-curious teenager Dylan and Beverley Denim as his tomboy-ish neighbour Trudi do their best to convey teenage angst through a mix of tender moments and physical slapstick whilst James Floyd puts in a charming performance as their pouting, also bisexual, best friend Charlie. Ludvig Bonin makes an excellent clown, finding his own way through the comedy to easily give the most satisfying performance of the evening as the easygoing Vince. Kate Gielgud as the mother Maddy appears extremely awkward in what has to be a very difficult role.
As director, Beadle-Blair battles to keep the pace and endlessly fighting a disastrous saccharine sentimentality which drags out the play far longer than is necessary.
Tristan Bates Theatre, London, October 25-November 18
- Rikki Beadle-Blair
- Angelica in association with the Actors Centre
- Kate Gielgud, Joel Dommett, James Floyd, Beverley Denim, Ludvig Bonin.
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