With Nordic Noir all the vogue on TV, it is a surprise that there isn’t more of it on stage. Perhaps it is a niche that Square Peg could exploit because, at least on the evidence of Roseacre which was at The Liverpool Unity last night, they certainly know what they are doing with the genre.
Fast, slick and utterly engaging, after a body is discovered at a demonstration, a tangled web of deception is unearthed and questions begin to asked and then shockingly answered.
Michael White’s script is an absolute joy to watch and listen to in action. Tight, clear and thankfully cliché free, the proceedings race along so that the audience feel as though they are safely – or not so safely – ensconced in front of their TV sets rather than in a theatre environment.
This feeling is also aided (and abetted) by the exemplary 4 strong cast, a delightful use of props, superb audio effects, a stripped back set consisting of one back board denoting a cliff and some of the most imaginative choreography you are ever likely to witness.
All of this and more add to the tension, with the only real complaint being that at times the pace is a little too breathless when a little more focus on character development would increase the intrigue.
This said though, Roseacre remains a superb piece of suspense that is guaranteed to have you double and triple guessing the outcome throughout.