Aaron Neill was an absolute master of deadpan comic brilliance and almost steals the show from better known stars such as the excellent Robert Glennister and Lucy Punch. Some of the audience were laughing at the crude joking of the newsroom but that is not where the true humour of Richard Bean’s comedy lies. His savage satire of the press is obviously based on the News of the World phone hacking scandal but the plot also takes examples from the Sun, the Star, the Daily Telegraph and others, along with some side-swipes against the Guardian and the Daily Mail. Be warned that there is a lot of very crude language and some rather unsettling story lines but it is hilarious.
I’ve been away on holiday for a few weeks and before that was the summer doldrums, so it’s a great start to the autumn season!