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Warehouse 364 Review


By Kenneth Scott - Posted on 08 August 2009

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Show details
Company: 
Nottingham New Theatre
Running time: 
45mins
Production: 
Andy Mcnamee (director), Jess Conway (producer), James Herbert (technician).
Performers: 
Anna Sherriff (E), Laura Wishart (Sally), Douggie McMeekin (Seb), Tom Warren (Tuffnell), Will Vickers (Lipson), Sophie Burgess (Daphne), Nick Medhurst (Benny), Vicki Auckland (Daisy).

Following a tale of mistaken identity this black comedy follows a variety of characters to the doors of Warehouse 364 - “where good things happen to bad people”.

E (Eleanor) is a part-time prostitute who takes the opportunity to make some money in an apparent drugs deal.  She stumbles into a world that borrows more from Christopher Brookmyre than film noir.

Along with the rightful couriers, her friend and a couple of door stewards she ends up locked into the warehouse with the psychotic gangster, Lipson, and his hench-person.  When things go bad Lipson tends to shoot people, so not everyone will have a happy ending.

Through a series of comings and goings the characters give snapshots of the story from their perspectives.  There are a few nice exchanges between characters and some sharp and funny lines.

The cast from the student-run New Theatre at Nottingham University act reasonably well and Tom Warren brings a welcome intensity to Tuffnell.  They are slightly hampered by the venue, which has seating only to the sides of the stage and results in any monologues being directed to a blank wall.

It’s all perfectly watchable but the thin plot fails to build any real suspense or to resolve itself dramatically.  As a world premiere there is probably something to build on but it’s far from a Fringe classic.

Times: 6-17 and 19-31 August, 2.15pm.