Entertainment / Gig Reviews

The Original Theatre Company presents, Invincible

I was a bit apprehensive about attending this play, as most of the productions I have seen are either Shakespeare or musicals. I was worried that because I’m not very political or class driven, some of the jokes may be above my understanding. However, towards the end of the play I found myself feeling emotionally attached to the characters and by the end of the play, I found myself shedding a tear.

invincible-production-005-alastair-whatley-emily-bowker-c-jack-ladenburgEmily, a passionate socialist who isn’t very fond of people and her soft-liberal partner, Oliver, relocate to the north of England out of economic necessity. Their desire to merge with the community comes a bit of sour. However, when they invite Alan, beer-bellied postman, and his wife, Dawn round for drinks. Social awkwardness translates into something more serious, when Emily hot-headedly attacks politicians who send ‘misguided, ignorant’ soldiers to war, only to later discover that Alan and Dawn are true-blue patriots with a personal stake in the issue.

Full of issues, laughter and sarcasm, Invincible surprised me in the fact that the comedy was used to question topical and timeless questions, and I managed to understand the issues being brought forward. Yet I was unexpectedly moved by the high emotion that was being given off by the characters. Invincible is superb, sharply perceptive and definitely a must see!

This play was seen at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, if you haven’t seen Invincible already, there’s a chance to view this laugh out loud comedy at Harrogate Theatre 15th – 18th March 2017. Click here for more information.

Reviewed by Georgie Dias

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