You can read my original review of Radiant Vermin here,spoilers and all, and it's about to play off-Broadway so David Mercatali's production has taken the opportunity to warm up back at Soho Theatre - in the smaller Upstairs space this time. Sean Michael Verey returns to the role of Oliver, but Gemma Whelan, who'd originally been due to rejoin him, had to drop out. So Scarlett Alice Johnson now replaces her as Jill, while Debra Baker takes the dual role - or is it? - of Miss Dee and Kay.
The attic space isn't as well-suited to the play as the main house was - somehow,
the smaller room seems less intimate, possibly because it's not particularly
soundproofed, so noises from the street and Monster Raving Loony downstairs break
the silent moments. But this is for the most part a noisy show, Verey and Johnson
throwing in the huge amount of energy required, especially by the climactic Garden
Party From Bloody Hell. Mercatali has tailored the show to the new cast's strengths
but it remains the twisted and hilarious fable I loved last year.
Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley is booking until the 28th of May at Soho Theatre
Upstairs; then continuing on tour to 59E59, New York from the 2nd of June to the 3rd
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes straight through.