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Wet Weather Cover review at Kings Head London

The special relationship is placed under strain in a seedy trailer in Spain. Torrential rain means Hollywood star Brad ends up sharing his leaky accommodation with Brit thespian Stuart while shooting for their wretched-sounding conquistador film is put on hold.

Trapped in a form of precipitation purgatory, the polar opposites clash over national identity, acting styles and Christopher Marlowe in a battle of US macho insensitivity versus English cultured effeminacy.

From the outset, veteran actor Oliver Cotton’s debut play lacks the penetrating wit and range to transcend its thespian obsessions, often bordering on the self-indulgent, and more depth is required than mocking stereotypes, only to then reinforce them.

Mildly amusing, it’s telling that the play only really comes alive when the actors have their Elizabethan playwrights duel – gleefully quoting Marlowe and Shakespeare – so it ends up some way from the famous As You Like It line, “A great reckoning in a little room”.

If only Cotton’s characters shared the same verisimilitude as the excellent set design by Tanya McCallin, which reconstructs a good-sized trailer, complete with dripping roof, on the small King’s Head stage.

Eighties TV star Michael Brandon is inspired casting as the bellicose Brad and Steve Furst is a suitably foppish foil, attacking a monologue about US cinematic imperialism with relish, while Pepe Balderrama as the camp dresser struts and frets with aplomb.

Production Information

King’s Head, London, January 20-February 21

Author
Oliver Cotton
Director
Kate Fahy
Producer
Wet Weather Cover Productions
Cast
Michael Brandon, Steve Furst, Pepe Balderrama
Running time
1hr 30mins

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