Dickson Telfer commands the stage from beginning to end in this hilarious and intelligent depiction of the burdens of being a teacher in Scotland. With the support of a musical accompaniment, Telfer single-handedly depicts everyone in the play, from the wearied teacher who cannot control his class, to the main antagonist Trevor, to the slightly mysterious Dr Alex Ricketts. Every scene is excellently told and well timed; each character that he inhabits adds another layer of comedy to the performance. The real power of the performance lay in the universality of the tales; everyone in the room could empathise with the position of at least one, if not all, of the characters. ‘Secret Weapons’ is a slickly scripted and powerfully performed story.
Gryphon Venues, 22-26 Aug, 7.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [india doyle]