An Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman are locked inside a theatre. They are trapped in their own joke with no phone reception and a paltry supply of tic-tacs. Will they ever get out, or will they be trapped inside the joke forever?
The Joke is the latest from award winning writer and actor Will Adamsdale and as usual is packed full of spontaneous dancing and singing. There is no set as the idea behind the story is that these three meet in the theatre. It is a good two minutes of awkward silence at the start of the show, looking at an empty stage that the silence is broken, with an hesitant 'What's going on here?' and we realise that Adamsdale himself is seated in the audience and the show has already begun. Lloyd Hutchinson as the Irishman enters from the Storage area (back of the theatre) and the Scotsman played by Brian Logan is trapped inside a box on the stage. So begins 90 minutes of what appears to be chaos but as is the norm with Adamsdale's writing, it is marvellous organised mayhem.
No set requires plenty of imagination when creating scenes such as a ship, which appears when the three start to tell their joke. What appears to be left over items normally found in a theatre space is put to good use; a ladder, a box and a chaise lounge are used to create the effects. Also making an appearance is a blow up island complete with parrot. Every self-respecting theatre should have one of those lurking in their wings after all.
An evening of comedy madness but beautifully well-timed, witty and very well performed, The Joke is easily a show that can be watched more than once.