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Lichfield Festival review: School of the Night @ Lichfield Garrick

With a cast of four and spontaneous audience suggestions, School of the Night is one of those shows where content and quality can veer of in unsuspecting directions. If you want theatre to be predictable and safe, this would not be a good show for you.

As it was, the four performers, Alan Cox, Oliver Senton, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann were able to pull out an intelligent hour of thoughtful comedy that traversed a wide range of topics.

From extemporising on Zola, to an extract from Nelson Mandela’s A Long Walk to Freedom which included AA Milne’s Eeyore on a trip to Christopher Robin’s Island, or a recreation of Snow White from the pens of Alan Bennett, Alan Ackybourn, and Harold Pinter, there was much for the audience to enjoy.

However, the highlight of the evening was A Comedie of the Internet which used Shakespeare’s comedy blueprint to create a new play. So, we had mistaken identity, valour and honour, a soliloquy in iambic pentameter, massive co-incidences that would never happen in real life, and bawdy humour.

This was a good show, and it is a show that keeps changing and developing.

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