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ED2012 Theatre Review: Naked Dictators (The Unknown Theatre Company)

ED2012 4/5 Reviews ED2012 Theatre Reviews

It’s 1913, and aspiring art students Adie and Lumpy have arrived in hedonistic Vienna, looking to find their fortunes and lose their virginities. Along the way they encounter whores, horny housekeepers and even a canine incarnation of Richard Wagner, all set to an original soundtrack. Taking their style inspiration from the Emcee in ‘Cabaret’, the young cast are brimming with cheeky energy throughout. Jake Cornford is on particularly good form as the laddish, fur-clad Joe Stalin, and Linford Hydes’ Adie reacts hilariously with Lee Evans-esque expressions. Though the songs could be stronger, the cast’s confidence allows them to successfully carry off a show that is naughty, puerile and just on the right side of offensive.

Venue 13, 3-10 Aug, 8.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Rebecca Low]

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