Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre
Scottish theatre has graced London’s West End this month as the Soho Theatre debuts the hilarious yet insightful Wendy Hoose. With excellent performances from both actors, the play delivers a witty exploration of modern relationships and perceptions.
Johnny McKnight’s innovative script, written for companies Birds of Paradise and Random Accomplice, is packed with riotously funny incidents and conversations between Laura and Jake, two young people looking for one night of passion. Having flirted via text, Jake travels to Laura’s flat where things do not quite go to plan. They fumble, argue and surprise each other as they try to enjoy a steamy liaison.
Actors Amy Conachan and James Young, along with the plain-speaking audio describer, provide lively and perfectly timed performances that have the audience laughing from the very start. The intelligent and creative use of audio description, BSL and captioning not only makes the play one of the most accessible in London, but also adds to the comedic moments that the play churns out during the hour-long performance.
Scratch the surface of these funny moments and you will find that the play delves into some deeper issues of modern life, such as body image, technology, disability and love. Although both the cast and creative team give the audience a laugh-per-minute, viewers will also come away pondering the use of dating apps and contemporary views on disabilities.
Amidst the bright lights of Soho, this comedy is a rare gem and one for all kinds of theatre-lovers. For one hour, get lost in the crazy world of this mismatched pair as they try to get intimate and struggle to combat the obstacles that come up along the way. This is an entertaining experience not to be missed.
Wendy Hoose is on at Soho Theatre from 12th April until 7th May 2016, for further information or to book visit here.
Watch the trailer for Wendy Hoose here: