Escape from the Planet of the Day that Time Forgot at Assembly RoxyCultureTheatreEd Fringe
A fierce talent for comedy is not amiss among any of the three performers that take the stage in this production, as they are ambitiously tasked with the portrayal of a journey to another world (and back again) in the space of one hour. This is not the only challenge: the demographic ranges from six to 66, but the show does not disappoint.
From the nitrogen hydride fuel ratio to emojis, the cast ensure all are catered for. The set is necessarily simplistic within the intimate black box theatre, and it is used to the fullest potential in endearing creativity. With an innovative “sprinkling of imagination” we believe an ironing board to be a rocket, a cardboard box to be a Norse God and a sheet of cling film to be a river. The audience are not dissatisfied by their three characters: a Conan-Doyle-esque friendly Professor, “The Woman” – to ensure a bit of ironic misogyny is thrown in – and a working class Yorkshire lad stirred in for added charm.
At points, the script is aggressively obvious in its comedy, but not so much as to leave the audience with a bad taste. Katherine Hurst’s performance should be mentioned for it’s bravery, as she goes so far as to actually nibble a member of the audience whilst impersonating a Velociraptor – let’s hope she isn’t a method actress.
Although a verbose handful by name, Escape from the Planet of the Day that Time Forgot blends a simplistically comic script with slick interaction, sailing us back to the imaginary worlds of our childhood that we perhaps forgot had ever existed.
Escape from the Planet of the Day that Time Forgot is at Assembly Roxy from 13th until 29th August 2016, for further information or to book visit here.