This starts off like a simple comedy of class, manners and politics. Middle class couple decide to move Up North to live among “real people” only to find they don’t like “real people” and have nothing in common. Some of the jokes are a bit obvious as when their working class neighbour picks up Das Kapital and says it’s a bit too intellectual for him – he loves Laurel and Hardy but could never understand the Marx brothers. After setting us up nicely and getting some decent laughs in part one, part two turns darker, deeper and even funnier. I don’t want to give away what happens but it is much, much more than a simple class comedy. Torben Betts was discovered by Alan Ayckbourn and the script may seem derivative of Ayckbourn’s work but if it had been written by Ayckbourn it would be classed as one of his best. It was deservedly sold out on Friday but you might get lucky on midweek performances.
Review: Invincible, Orange Tree Theatre
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