Review: The Last Lunch, The Spring, Havant

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The Last Lunch – Best New Play at the 2012 Brighton Fringe – certainly has much to recommend it.

A butcher’s family gather for lunch – but with vegan son bringing vegan girlfriend, mum has prepared a tofu casserole.

The family’s reaction is the springboard for events ranging from the down-to-earth of banal reality to the bizarrely supernatural.

Sound like a mess? In many ways it is. The ludicrous plot ends with a human sacrifice to an ancient Egyptian god, about to be reborn to a suburban teenager, fathered by her half-brother.

Yep. It’s that sort of a play.

That said, the interweaving dialogue is superbly constructed and delivered at lightning pace by the cast of 10; the one thing you cannot criticise is their timing.

Leading the cast is writer/director Jonathan Brown, partnered by the wonderful Irene Marot as his long-suffering wife.

With these two heading the show, the rest of the cast should be on solid ground.

Most are – particularly the brilliant Emily Jayne as pregnant Hannah – but there are some under-par performances.

Megan Bay Dorman as Maddy could afford to up her game a little and Jack Spooner as Andy never truly convinces.

But it is exciting theatre.

Catch it if you can.