Review: Hidden by Black Toffee Theatre Company at Korava Arts Bar

Posted on - 4th April, 2014 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Reviews, What's On in Preston
A view of the Korova Arts Cafe

A view of the Korova Arts Cafe

I had been long awaiting my opportunity to view this highly acclaimed piece of work.


The company had had many great four and five star reviews. My long awaited anticipation was finally met.

I knew it was going to be an engaging and brave piece when the character of Colin, played by Peter, captured our attention within the first few minutes. An intriguing character to say the least.

The two performers and writers were Laura Lindsay and Peter Carruthers. The writing was hilarious and articulate. The performances were dynamic and thoroughly engaging. I loved the dark comedy elements and the timing of the humour was excellent.

The performers had highly skilled vocal skill and modulation. They varied their accents and delivery in order to convey the several roles they had to play.

My favourite characters were Claire, the Glaswegian and James, the man on the train. I loved the humour conveyed by both characters.

Clarie’s character had a very honest nature and used humour to communicate with her audience and her imagined customers. James was a character with a professional demeanour but with some naughty desires. This proved to be amusing at first, until we realised he had taken it too far.

The set was simple and very Brechtian in style. This reinforced the breaking of the fourth wall which was the style of the piece. I liked the changeable set that was quickly dressed and moved into place.

The style of the piece allowed for us, as the audience, to consider the dilemma and situations each character was faced with. The use of costume and quick changes allowed us to establish who the next role was or whether it was a returning character.

The performance as a whole was excellent, the writing brilliant and the plot twist and turns carefully constructed. An engaging piece of theatre and a must see for all.

I will look out for more work from these performers and this emerging theatre company.

5/5 stars – check out their website for future dates.

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