Review: How To Disappear Completely @ New Continental

Posted on - 26th November, 2009 - 9:22pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Opinion, Pubs, What's On in Preston

Screaming Theatre rehearsalPreston’s Screaming Theatre group put on a great performance of Fin Kennedy’s ‘How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found’ on Thursday 26th November 2009.


The play is a look at the pressures of modern big city life and explores how many people just want to get away from it, and in the case of Charlie Hunt (Graham Eaglesham) he really does.

He’s a coke-snorting, working-all-hours, marketing guru but all is not well inside. He’s driven by his career and realises that he’s on a downward spiral. His friends can’t help him, he’s getting into trouble at work and eventually loses it big time.

Eaglesham gives a good performance as Charlie and his monologues really capture the angst that many young men feel as they realise their career is eating away at all the dreams they once held – and they are left as nothing but an empty shell.

Charlie travels to Southend after being caught out by his company for embezzlement and so begins his transformation into Adam Westbury. He meets Mike (Tarquin Scott) and learns how you can construct a new identity for yourself, a new birth certificate, a new passport and a new drivers licence.

One of the funniest bits of a rather somber play is when Mike explains how to get these different documents and how to cheat the bureaucratic system. Scott is a great actor and he switched between many parts with ease, from the chancer Mike to the stern boss of Robert.

Bit-parts throughout the play were played by Lukas Bennett, Natalie Corless and Allison Lees but the highlights of the play were definitely when Mike and Charlie (Adam) were on stage together, they had great chemistry.

The play finishes in a rather morbid end but highlights the tragedy of the 30,000 people who decide to walk out on their current life every year in the UK and go missing.

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found continues at the New Continental on Friday 27th November 2009 from 8 PM and on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at The Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane.

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