Presented by Told By An Idiot
Directed by Paul Hunter
8th – 12th November 2016
Reviewed by Colin Serjent
You could describe this as an early Spanish pantomime!
The four female cast of Told By An Idiot (comprising three Spanish and one Columbian) presented a scattergun approach to this madcap production weirdly linking together the 1990s BBC soap opera Eldorado, a Colombian story relating to revenge and redemption and a quest for a mythical location in the so-called New World.
They all behaved on stage as if they were all mentally deranged and this constant reliance on extreme attitudes to acting did become somewhat gruelling to watch.
I lost track a lot of the time of what they were trying to convey, such was the random nature of the many, often short, scenes.
One aspect of it I did warm to was the live music played by Alicia Martel, including piano, acoustic guitar and varied percussion instruments. Without this music underlying the narrative it would have been a long 80 minutes.
But to be fair it did occur to me on returning home from the Everyman that on reflection it seemed better than when I was there. This may sound unusual but it was very different in many ways.