Cheating Death ★★★✰✰
Can one person’s life be that bad? Well apparently for John it can! Not only does this poor guy wake up in a coffin, but he finds out his girlfriend of two years, Karen, is cheating on him and has been for 6 months and to make matters worse … she bring him to John supposed wake!
Written by Max Nowaz, an established novelist, this is the first staged play by him and is directed by Poor School Graduate Sophie Wilson, with a 5 person cast, also graduate from The Poor School.
Cheating Death is defiantly a dark comedy and was first performed as a one act version at the Palace Theatre Bradford in 2013 but has now been transformed into the three act play.
Although I did find myself laughing at the jokes and the comedy all 5 actors protruded on stage, the show itself did leave me feeling a little lost. I couldn’t help but think that scenes could have been shorted and/or cut, and although this essentially took nothing away from the play itself I felt it would have been a bit better.
The energy on the stage was strong, and the relationships between the characters was well put across. I particularly like the energy from Mrs Sharp, the cleaner who accidently gets herself involved with the drama surrounding Johns life. She’s a constant character in his life and although a bit slow at times, she has his best interests at hard.
Mrs Sharp adds to the lighter side of the play which is otherwise quite dark comedy but it’s refreshing.
‘Cheating Death’ is currently playing at the Cockpit theatre until the 10th March 2019