It’s unlikely you are going to be greeted with more enthusiasm than you are by the cast of Jekyll and Hyde.
Adopting cod French accents they overwhelm you with bonhomie and less than subtle flattery, but it’s all part of the game. Created by the makers of last year’s acclaimed Don Juan, this production thrives on audience participation.
A Slightly Isolated Dog is a New Zealand-based company with a flair for quirkily devised pieces based on classic texts.
Although Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella forms the basis for this piece, it’s the loosest of adaptations as the five-strong company create a satirical romp in the guise of a world-famous French theatrical company. There’s lap-dancing, speed dating and a shoot-out finale with the British cricket team.
It’s a cocktail of clowning, live vocals and physical theatre bursting with wit, improvisation and possibly the sexiest potion-mixing scene ever created for the stage.
Members of the audience are drawn into the melodrama as stooges to several of the skits, but it’s never derogatory or downbeat and always praised to the hilt.
If there’s a message to take away from Jekyll and Hyde, it’s probably something to do with suppressing the darkness and celebrating the light. Most people will be having too good a time to notice this however.