The Theatre in the Park instantly transports the audience away in Chichester Festival Theatre’s wonderful production of Neville’s Island.
Robert Innes Hopkins’ beautiful set features all the mud, foliage and rain of the Lake District, where the four middle managers end up on a team-building exercise gone wrong. With this set the actors can really play and get as wet and muddy as their characters. Sadly the sound of fluttering birds in between scenes does lack novelty after the fourth time.
John Marquez as marketing manager Neville is electrifying when he finally loses his cool, and Rufus Hound as finance manager Roy has a touching childlike fragility.
Adrian Edmondson as sarcastic production manager Gordon plays the sour old grape with panache, and is the driving force behind much of the energy. Tim McMullan plays distribution manager Angus with a heart-warming awkwardness. His suffering at the hands of Gordon is painfully visible.
An absolute must-see. Until Saturday.