Actor Rob Crouch has a difficult job on his hands making Oliver Reed likeable or sympathetic, not least when this play does little to brush over the less savoury aspects of his personality. However, this is a very charismatic performance, and whilst it’s hard to relate to someone so completely off the rails, it’s impossible not to be fascinated by tales of his excess. That fascination is what the play explores, and Reed tells stories of his early ambitions, his break into the big time, his debauched lifestyle and his later notoriety as a sort of proto-Charlie Sheen. He’s mad, bad and dangerous to watch, and Crouch is utterly convincing.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 Aug (not 8, 15), 3.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Roz Tuplin]