> Norwich Playhouse
Kaos Theatre returns to Norwich with a reputation for cutting edge physical theatre and original storytelling. Expectations are high in the tale of the heroine/anti heroine Moll, whore, victim, thief, woman…
The trouble is, Moll is played by a man (to reflect that the story is the disreputable Defoe himself). Many of the male and female parts are strangely swapped. By the end the confusion has ceased to be comic and become distasteful and pointless.
If there was doubt that performance art reinvents the past, this is proof.
Shades of the Beggar's Opera (six songs and early musical theatre) and a touch of Brecht's Threepenny Opera (music, villains and a moral message).
But the main element is farce - masses of comings and goings through doors, windows, panels and drawers.
- 1 'It is really sad': End of an era as popular pub landlords call time
- 2 Family's heartache as dog dies after being hit by Amazon van
- 3 Meet the three Norfolk businesses featured in Antiques Road Trip
- 4 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
- 5 A146 closed after three vehicles and motorcycle involved in crash
- 6 Warning after dogs left 'limp or lifeless' by mystery illness
- 7 'Torrid time' as insurance giant Marsh quits city centre
- 8 Man set to stand trial accused of teen daughter's murder
- 9 People come 'from all over the country' to try this Norfolk seafood platter
- 10 Former Norwich restaurant to be transformed into £1.5m food hall
There are dropped pants and endless parading of an artificial penis strapped to a woman.
In the second half there was welcome relief from all the simulated copulation in the form of a house fire.
After two hours of the romp, debauch and unlikely circumstance, the whole is something of a let down. Like many sexual anticipations, I'm told!