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Reviews: Live Shows

Tue 29 Jan, 2019
By Robert Ingham

twists and turns like something out of “Tales of the Unexpected”

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Extra Virgin - theatre review

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How much do you really know about the stranger you’ve invited over?

Above The Stag theatre are back on form, hitting the ground running with their first play of the year, “Extra Virgin”, currently showing in their studio space in Vauxhall.

“Extra Virgin” starts as your typical boy-meets-boy-on-Grindr story but, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is nothing average here. When jock Elliot (Alexander Hulme) invites twink Noah (James Farley) over for some shenanigans, he is completely unaware there’s more to this hook-up than meets the eye.

To say much more would give spoilers but, suffice to say, this play twists and turns like something out of “Tales of the Unexpected”.

With recognisable characters, “Extra Virgin” packs a powerful and manipulative punch, with affecting and relatable dialogue that touches the nerves, and occasionally leaves them jangling.

At a running time of 50 minutes, writer Howard Walters has crafted a clever and memorable one-act play, expertly brought to life by Peter Bull who is directing for “the first time in years”. Kudos to him - under a less talented eye, this could have ended up feeling more like a therapy session.

A simple set from Andrew Beckett means focus never draws from the unravelling and compelling drama, and the two-man cast have a commanding understanding of the text and underlying nuances - both Alexander and James are outstanding.

With 2018, one of their most successful years to date, under their belt, 2019 shows promising signs of being even better, so it’s worth checking out their website for further details. The incredible “Grindr The Opera” returns for a limited time too, so book your tickets for that whilst you can.

In the meantime, grab a seat for “Extra Virgin”. You won’t be disappointed.

“Extra Virgin” plays at Above The Stag” theatre until 10th Feb.


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