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“A little bit brilliant”

Pteronarcophobia. That’s the fear of flies. And it’s what drives this intelligently staged co-production between master storytellers Les Enfants Terribles and family-focused theatre company Pins and Needles.

Dennis is scared of flies. Terrified, in fact. So much so that he’s got to see a therapist about it. That he’s prepared to seal up his home and stay indoors forever. That he’s prepared to board a flight to Antarctica – a magical, no-fly zone.

Under Emma Earle and Hannah Drake’s ceaselessly inventive direction, Oliver Lansley’s play is a fluid examination of Dennis’ phobia, from its origins to its eventual defeat, littered with little skits and sketches, and accompanied by a twee electronica score courtesy of Kid Carpet.

We get a young Dennis horrified by a classmate’s dissection of a live insect. We get Dennis freaking out on a flight to the South Pole. Best of all, we get Piers Hampton as a shape-shifting fly.

In a white tuxedo, Hampton smarms and oozes his way across the stage, taunting Dennis and taunting the audience with his sinister, sleazy vibes – it’s a wonderful, wrong-footing performance throughout, aided and abetted by Harry Humberstone’s multi-roling hype-man. In fact, the whole thing is a little bit brilliant.

Production Details
Production nameFlies
VenuePleasance Courtyard
StartsAugust 1, 2018
EndsAugust 27, 2018
Running time1hr
AuthorOliver Lansley
ComposerKid Carpet
DirectorEmma Earle, Hannah Drake
Set designerZoe Squire
Lighting designerChris Swain
Sound designerJon Everett
CastGeorge Readshaw, Harry Humberstone, Piers Hampton
TechnicalMatt Revell Griffiths
Stage managerMim Evison
ProducerLes Enfants Terribles, Needles, Pins
VerdictInventive, intelligent three-hander about a man with a crippling phobia of flies
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