Sunday, 14 September 2014
Theatre review: The Me Plays
After the interval there's Hi Life, I Win, with more nostalgia to his schooldays, but this time to the Catholic school he went to, and the crisis of faith when they had no satisfactory answers for his grandfather's death.
These thoughts comes back as he's going for a biopsy whose results the doctors are pessimistic about, so both monologues are suffused with a sense of loss. Maddock is a bright performer though, so things never become maudlin, and his delivery is casual enough that the rhyme used throughout both plays doesn't feel forced or tiresome. It rather tells my age that the time I was at University is now fair game for other people's childhood nostalgia, but that aside these gentle and heartfelt monologues with a sprinkling of humour throughout are worth catching.
The Me Plays by Andrew Maddock is booking until the 20th of September at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes including interval.