REVIEW: The Frights @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle (18.03.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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By the time the lead actress had taken a serious tumble and the technician has broken his leg, most theatres would probably give up trying to put on their production. Alphabetti don’t give up that easily; instead, it was a case of the show must go on, as the second night of The Frights commenced. Artistic director Ali Pritchard and his colleagues were all apologetic about the situation, but they needn’t have been. Despite The Frights taking on more of a radio-play setup thanks to the series of unfortunate events, the format suited the intelligent wordplay of the production perfectly.

Telling the story of Hannie, a volunteer who has just returned to the country after a kidnapping ordeal overseas, and her long-suffering boyfriend Luke, The Frights, in its mostly spoken form, was an intelligent and often very funny insight into the power of the media and the strain that telling lies places upon us. No character was entirely sympathetic, though this gave the impression that the four major players were real human beings, and that the events were more than plausible. No doubt the fully acted version of The Frights would also be a treat, but the loving and committed read-through showed off the dedication and talent of everyone at the Alphabetti.

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