An incessant tapping noise can be heard the minute you enter the Roxy – a spectacular old chapel – so has the performance begun? It would seem so. The tapping is coming from a typewriter as a pair of fingers frantically hit its keys; meanwhile, three figures in bowler hats and waistcoats are sprawled across a table. As the title suggests, a game of hangman plays out before our very eyes and it’s a gripping one at that. Dark humour and a hauntingly beautiful score, from Thomas Newman and the Pan Quartet, combine to make a piece of great poetic depth and visual magnificence. No words (well, almost), and a lot of nonsense, they Do Theatre oh so well.
Assembly Roxy, 2-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Lucinda Al-Zoghbi]