It must be said, I was apprehensive about this show even before setting foot in the theatre, worried I would be witnessing an updated ‘Springtime for Hitler’. Fortunately, this didn’t happen; ’11′ is a moving exploration of the timeless effects of war, regardless of race, gender or time period. The stories of different characters are intertwined with songs proclaiming the devastation of war; the staging was slick, and the cast were vocally outstanding. However, the line of sensitivity is very thin and at times, this production finds itself on the wrong side of it – the concentration camp dialogue is utterly implausible and images of gas chambers and the 9/11 bombings are unnecessary. Provocative, but not always for the right reasons.
Paradise In Augustine’s, 6 – 28 Aug (not 7, 15, 22), 8.45pm (10.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp225.
tw rating 3/5