Search

Theatre review: Mr Kolpert at the King’s Head Theatre

15:54 27 July 2012

Kate Sawyer as Sarah, Edward Fulton as Ralf and Laura Freeman as Edith in Mr Kolpert at the King

Kate Sawyer as Sarah, Edward Fulton as Ralf and Laura Freeman as Edith in Mr Kolpert at the King's Head. Photo by Martin Dewar

Archant

Funny and disturbing black comedy that makes creative use of cranberries

Dark humour meets whodunnit in this 80 minute sparkler of a play by David Gieselmann.

A young(ish) urban couple, Sarah and Ralf, invite Sarah’s prissy colleague, Edith and her fiery-tempered buffoon of a husband, Bastian, round for dinner on a Saturday night.

Social awkwardness ensues: the hosts knock back the booze whilst their guests are confirmed teetotallers. Sarah, who is much more interested in tarting herself up than cooking, orders pizzas. Classy.

But then Abigail’s Party morphs into Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope when Sarah and Ralph joke they’ve done a murder because they were a bit bored actually.

A large trunk in the centre of the room becomes the focus for intense scrutiny: accusations fly and the pizza delivery boy gets a whole lot more than he bargained for. As did I because I was sitting at the front – you have been warned.

Still, it is nice to see such a creative use of cranberries and their juice. And to witness some excellent fight scenes – presumably thanks to Lewis Penfold who has the fantastic credit of “stage combat” in the programme.

The cast were convincing but overacted on occasion – less is more given the crazy plot twists and character U-turns in the second half, and the size of the theatre.

Laura Freeman is particularly good as Edith who goes from buttoned-up submissive to foul-mouthed adulteress as soon as she sheds her cardigan.

The combination of humour and horror – not an easy one to get right – is handled with aplomb by director, Rachel Valentine Smith.

And if this is not enough to persuade you to see it – there is also some nudity. A disturbing and funny black comedy.

* Mr Kolpert is at the King’s Head Theatre in Upper Street, N1, until August 5.

0 comments

Latest Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 16:02
Made in Brasil Boteco offers a south American take on tapas Pic: Felipe Goncalves

Tasty Brazilian take on Spanish classic

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Andrew O'Neill

An embodiment of the ‘outsider artist’, comedian Andrew O’Neill’s latest show draws on his metalhead knowledge, says Alex Bellotti.

Friday, April 17, 2015
A platter of Bunsmiths food at the Sebright Arms

New food brand at Haggerston boozer brings restaurant quality food with a pub price tag

Friday, April 17, 2015
Will Ferrell and Steve Carell (pictured appearingon  the New Year's Eve Graham Norton Show) are just two Second City alumnis. Picture: PA/Yui Mok

Second City has built a reputation in America for producing its best comedians for over 50 years. Now, it is making its UK debut at Angel Comedy Club, finds Alex Bellotti.

Most read entertainment

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder